Former President Donald Trump once again slammed President Joe Biden’s way of handling the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Trump appeared on “Varney & Co.” for an exclusive interview and stated that the U.S. has been humiliated.
The former president claimed that the worst decision ever made in American History is going to the Middle East.
He said that the Biden administration failed to do a “simple withdrawal” from a place that the U.S. “should never have gotten to in the first place.”
“The level of incompetence on this withdrawal is even far greater than the level incompetence at the southern border,” the former president said, adding that “what’s happened to our country in the last eight months is a disgrace.”
Trump Says Biden Owes American an Apology
He also said Biden needs to apologize to the American people as well as to the rest of the world.
Trump made these scathing remarks the morning after the Pentagon announced that every U.S. personnel have left Afghanistan. The last C-17 carrying troops departed from the Kabul airport at 3:39 p.m. EST on Monday.
With this, the Aug. 31 deadline that the Biden administration agreed to with the Taliban was met. It also ends the U.S.’ longest-ever conflict, which lasted almost 20 years.
However, what will happen to those left behind remains unclear, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealing on Monday that several Americans who want to flee Afghanistan remain in the Middle-Eastern country.
Apart from people who were left behind in Kabul, CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie revealed that the U.S also left behind valuable military equipment, including the C-RAM (counter-artillery, artillery, and mortar) system that was used to take down rockers, as well as several dozens of armored Humvees and aircraft.
Although, the general did say these equipment have been disabled and none was mission capable.
On Tuesday, Trump described leaving such equipment behind as “insane” and “inconceivable,” further stating that those will be “coming at us for many years.”
He added that the U.S. should not let the Taliban get a hold of the equipment, which he described as the finest ones made.
The former president added that America’s longest conflict should have ended positively. However, the reverse happened, and it can be seen by “anybody who has a brain.”
“We were all set to have a victory in terms of getting out and getting out with dignity and you could even say with victory,” Trump said to host Stuart Varney, adding that it “was all lined up.”
“The Taliban was petrified of us,” he continued.
Trump then went on to argue that “all” Biden needed to do was finish the job up and take the equipment out after everything was put in place.
He also said that Biden should have kept the Bagram Airfield instead of Kabul’s international airport.
The Biden administration tried to blame Trump for the chaos in Afghanistan. The president repeatedly cited the former president in several statements, and to this, Trump released a flurry of statements, with some stating that it was time for Biden “to resign in disgrace.”
Varney noted this to Trump during the interview. Trump responded by saying Biden, in fact, did not because, looking at the president’s statements more carefully, Biden said not one soldier died since Trump signed the deal.
Biden officials, however, have tried to argue that the administration was cornered by an agreement with the Taliban that Trump signed in Doha Qatar last February 2020, which included a pledge that would remove U.S. military servicemen from Afghanistan.
Trump told Varney on Tuesday that the deal was based on certain conditions and that the Taliban did not manage to fulfill their end of the bargain, so “we bombed the hell out of them.”
Additionally, Biden reportedly mentioned publicly that he would have withdrawn all troops from Afghanistan even without the Doha arrangement.
Many retired high-ranking military officials have urged Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as well as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to tender their resignation. The officials accused them of “negligence” in connection to the Afghan exit, according to a Monday report by the New York Post.
To this, the former president responded on Tuesday by saying “That’s absolutely correct.”
“Everybody in our military has been humiliated. Our country has been humiliated by the way they got out,” Trump said in the interview. “The withdrawal was a disaster.”
“That withdrawal was an absolute humiliation of the United States of America,” the former president then stressed.