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President Donald Trump released his wrath on the Biden administration for what they allowed to happen in Afghanistan.
It’s clear Trump would have handled the situation much differently.
Appearing on Fox News, Trump explained to Sean Hannity, “We would have hit them very hard.”
“Again, the words are conditions, plural, conditions based. It was an agreement where, actually, we wanted to get out by May 1st, and they violated the agreement,” Trump continued.
“So, we didn’t, it was a great agreement from a lot of different standpoints, and frankly, Biden didn’t even have to go by that agreement,” he continued.
“It’s a great thing that we’re getting out,” he said. “But nobody has ever handled a withdrawal worse than Joe Biden. This is the greatest embarrassment, I believe, in the history of our country.”
During another interview, Trump called on Biden to resign “in disgrace.”
“What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary,” Trump said. “It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!”
“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.
On Hannity, Trump continued, “Look what he’s done to the border. We had the greatest border, southern border in the history of our country. We stopped drugs, we stopped human trafficking, we stopped people from coming in, prisoners from coming in. Now, you’ll have the worst people in the world — they’re emptying their jails into our country.”
“This is like the southern border, but it’s handled even worse,” he said. “Nobody handled the southern border worse than him. We had the most secure border we’ve ever had, now we have by far the worst border we’ve ever had.”
“Afghanistan is the exact same thing,” Trump said. “Think of this, we have a military that’s holding it. I had it reduced down to 2,500 soldiers and they were doing a good job. It was fine. It was a smaller force. I took it down from close to twenty (thousand) to 2,500. And we were fine.”
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“But we have the military there, and we take the military out before we took our civilians out,” Trump explained. “And before we took the interpreters and others — we want to try to help them.”
“By the way, I’m America First,” Trump added. “Okay? The Americans come out first. But we’re also going to help people that helped us. And we have to be very careful with the vetting, because you’ve got some rough people in there. But, we’re going to help those people.”
“But, can you imagine? Now, what we were going to do, very quickly, is we were going to take the military out last. Okay? Last. The people were coming out, they were going to come out, but the agreement was violated, so I held things back, because we weren’t going to do anything. Again, conditions based.”
“So, they weren’t fulfilling their obligations and conditions,” Trump said.
“Just to finish,” he went on. “The people come out first, then I was going to take all of the military equipment. Billions and billions of dollars worth of Black Hawk helicopters, brand new, that Russia now will be examining anjd so will China and so will everybody else, because it’s the greatest in the world.”
“We have brand new Army tanks, and all sorts of equipment, missiles, we have everything,” he said. “I was going to take it out. Because I knew they weren’t going to fight.”
Donald Trump argued the Afghan army didn’t put up a better fight because “they were doing it for a paycheck, because once we stopped, once we left, they stopped fighting.”