Former US President Donald Trump has chastised Vice President Joe Biden for his haphazard army pullout from Afghanistan, claiming that the Taliban’s takeover of the country was caused not by the withdrawal plan but by the president in command of the troop evacuation.
“It would’ve been the exact opposite,” Trump told Premiere Networks hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton when asked what would have happened if he was in power.
“We were in perfect shape. Abdul – he’s now the head guy – he was the one I was dealing with [when] I said there would be hell to pay if you touch any American soldiers or Americans,” Trump said, referring to Taliban leader and now de facto Afghan leader Abdul Ghani-Baradar.
Trump said Biden incidentally let that idea slip from his tongue when he noted during public remarks that there hadn’t been any U.S. service members killed in 18 months because of the deal struck between the two sides.
Trump also ripped Biden for showing “disrespect” to families of the 13 fallen service members by looking at his wrist watch during their funeral over the weekend in Delaware.
“Tremendous disrespect was paid by Biden when he kept looking at his watch over and over again— every time a coffin came off the plane, he was looking at his watch,” Trump said.
“The parents are angry, as they should be,” he said. “Nobody should’ve been killed [but] after I got out, Abdul and his group went wild.”