Former President Donald Trump on Sunday urged President Biden to “withdraw in disgrace” over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and other issues.
“It’s time for Joe Biden to step down in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the sharp rise in COVID, the border disaster, the destruction of energy dependence and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote in a declaration.
The Taliban have quickly taken control of most of the country as rebel forces enter the capital Kabul, where US troops have been sent to evacuate the embassy.
Bullying of panicked people can be seen in Kabul airport hectically trying to flee the city on Sunday.
The Trump administration had negotiated the terms of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 1st. Trump even considered withdrawing troops from the region before leaving office.
When Biden announced that he planned to withdraw troops completely from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he was slapped by Trump, who insisted that Biden “hold as close” as possible to his own goal of getting troops out on May 1st.
“I made it possible to withdraw early by already pulling out many of our billions of dollars worth of equipment and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there (also in Iraq and zero troops in Syria except for the area where we CONTAIN OIL), “he said in an email to supporters in April.
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Republicans have blasted Biden for the current crisis in the country where the United States had maintained a presence for 20 years.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said the U.S. troops’ withdrawal has been “an undiminished disaster of epic proportions” Sunday.
Biden was also criticized by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who on Thursday told Fox News that the situation would not have happened if Trump were still in office.