While former President Donald Trump said President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is “a wonderful and positive thing to do,” he criticized the timeline. He said the troops “should get out earlier.” Trump claims that he is concerned that the Biden administration announced that all US troops would be leaving Afghanistan by September 11.
“September 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost,” Trump said, according to Axios.
“Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do,” the former guy added. “I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.”
Well, the Biden administration announced that they “will begin an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces before May 1 and plan to have all US troops out of the country” by the 9/11 anniversary.
And while Trump’s statement didn’t appear as unhinged as his previous ones, it’s interesting that he brought up that September 11th should be a day of honoring the thousands of Americans that died on that day. In 2019, Trump had planned to meet with Taliban leaders at Camp David just a few days before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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“Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight,” Trump tweeted on Sept. 7, 2019. “Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to…”
It’s almost as if Trump thinks Americans can’t remember things.
The Internet weighed in:
Now how is Biden supposed to sleep tonight?!😜
— Pooh Bear -palmerk (@PoohBea04909601) April 18, 2021
Trump promised to remove the troops, but, like so many promises, didn’t.
— Skeptic (@abqralph) April 18, 2021
he had four years in charge of Afghanistan policy…it’s time to sit down, be quiet, and pay attention.
— Ed Heinzelman (@EdHeinzelman) April 18, 2021
— Jason Ackery 3rd (@JasonAckery3rd) April 18, 2021
Who cares what he thinks? Ask Trump about his “two week” time table to unveil his health care plan. 🙄
— LastAmericanGirl 🇺🇸 (@LastAmericanG) April 18, 2021
The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to oust the Taliban for harboring Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures linked to the 9/11 attacks. US troops have been there ever since even though Osama Bin Laden was killed on former President Barack Obama’s watch. And yet, Trump invited the Taliban to Camp David. We can agree with Trump that pulling our troops out of Afghanistan is a good idea, but everything he says is met with skepticism because he made horrific decisions while he was in office.
Biden certainly doesn’t need the man America fired last November for advice.