Former President Donald Trump has publicly condemned President Joe Biden and his administration for their handling of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. In a scathing statement released on Truth Social, Trump called the Biden team “morons” and accused them of blaming him for their “grossly incompetent surrender.” He held Biden responsible for the outcome, insisting that no one else should be blamed for the catastrophic event.
The White House review of the withdrawal, released on Thursday, asserted that President Biden was “constrained” in his choices for executing the withdrawal due to the Trump administration’s failure to coordinate with the incoming administration and share insights on the February 2020 Doha Agreement peace pact. This agreement stipulated the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, which was ultimately extended by a few months under the Biden administration.
However, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disputed the claim that Biden’s choices were constrained by the previous administration. He argued that the Biden team “made a hash” of the situation and that the White House was attempting to protect the President “from embarrassment.” Pompeo also criticized the Biden administration’s delayed decision to release the Afghanistan withdrawal after-action reports to Congress. It wasn’t until House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul threatened to subpoena them after multiple requests that the reports were finally released.
McCaul himself expressed dissatisfaction with the handling of the situation, insisting that President Biden was responsible for the massive failures in planning and execution. McCaul also criticized National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby’s remarks during a media briefing, calling them “disgraceful and insulting.” The House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman asserted that it was President Biden who made the decision to withdraw and picked the exact date, leaving him ultimately accountable for the disastrous outcome.
The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan left 13 U.S. service members dead and billions of dollars worth of military equipment abandoned. The Taliban quickly took over the country, raising concerns about the safety of American citizens and Afghans who had worked alongside the U.S. during the two-decade-long war. The events of the withdrawal have sparked a heated debate over the responsibility for the outcome and the adequacy of planning and execution.
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