Former President Donald Trump rebuked Joe Biden Monday after the current president evaded blame for the current crisis in Afghanistan.
“It’s not that we left Afghanistan,” Trump said in a statement. “It’s the grossly incompetent way we left!”
The Taliban, a terrorist group, overtook Kabul while Biden spent the weekend on vacation at Camp David. Biden blamed Trump for the failed withdrawal after not following Trump’s withdrawal agreement with the Taliban set for May 1. The Taliban toppled the Afghan government in only a few days.
“When I came into office, I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban. Under his agreement, U.S. forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021 – just a little over three months after I took office,” said Biden. “U.S. forces had already drawn down during the Trump administration from roughly 15,500 American forces to 2,500 troops in country, and the Taliban was at its strongest militarily since 2001.”
“I stand squarely behind my decision,” Biden also said. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces. That’s why we’re still there.”
'American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Aghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.'
President Joe Biden reflects on the crisis in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/kUwfrNuTk9
— LBC (@LBC) August 16, 2021
On Sunday, the United States assumed control over the Karzai International Airport. While the United States suspended flights from the airport on Monday morning, personnel are trying to get thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan refugees out of the capital city as the Taliban go house to house to find them.
To aid the evacuation, Biden instructed 1,000 troops to join the 6,000 currently stationed. Flights resumed from the airport Monday evening, according to John Kirby, the chief spokesman for the Pentagon. Seven people have been confirmed dead at the airport after footage showed Afghans sprinting next to and climbing on the outside of a U.S. Air Force jet.
Trump called on Biden “to resign in disgrace” Sunday.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” Trump said. “It shouldn’t be a big deal, because he wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!”
After blaming Trump, pundits took to Twitter in refutation.
“AFGHANISTAN’S COLLAPSE IS ALL BIDEN’S FAULT”
“NO, THIS IS ALL TRUMP’S FAULT”
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) August 17, 2021
Except Trump didn't do it.
What Cap'n Ahoy means is that Biden conforms to his prejudices about Trump. Of course, Trump doesn't.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 17, 2021
Hillary “took responsibility” for her emails. Obama “took responsibility” for Benghazi. Now Biden “took responsibility” for the #Afghanistan failure — then blamed Trump, dissed the Afghans, and went back on vacation. That’s how Democrats “take responsibility.” It’s the opposite. https://t.co/7NITj44jSG
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) August 17, 2021