On Friday, former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. This decision led to the Taliban’s quick takeover of Kabul.
”Joe Biden must apologize to America for allowing the military to leave before civilians and for allowing $85 billion dollars’ worth of sophisticated military equipment to be handed over to the Taliban (and Russia and China so they can copy it) rather than bringing it back to the United States!” Trump said in a statement released Friday evening by his Save America PAC.
No. 45 will likely talk more about Afghanistan Saturday at York Farms in Cullman (Alabama).
According to organizers, the rally is expected to draw around 40,000 people.
Last Saturday, Biden defended his decision despite the chaos in Afghanistan and blamed the Trump administration for giving the Taliban the military advantage and leaving them in their ”strongest militarily position since 2001”.
“When I became President, I faced a choice — follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our forces and our allies’ forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict,” Biden said.
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country,” Biden added. “And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”
Trump has called Biden to account for it.
”It’s a great thing that we’re getting out, but nobody has ever handled a withdrawal worse than Joe Biden,” Trump said in a televised interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday. ”This is the greatest embarrassment, I believe, in the history of our country.”
Since Afghanistan’s military surrendered its weapons, the U.S. began withdrawing its troops last Wednesday, the Taliban have taken U.S.-made weapons, military aircraft, and armored vehicles.
Twenty-five Republican senators requested an inventory of U.S. military equipment that was provided to Afghanistan Armed Forces during the past year. This includes the amount of equipment that was disabled prior to withdrawal and Taliban seizing.
”It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies,” the letter said. ”Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”