The Taliban took advantage of Biden’s presence in the White House, according to the former President.
Former President Trump chastised President Biden for his haphazard exit from Afghanistan, claiming that the Taliban’s dramatic shift in conduct in response to the change in administrations indicates that the problem was with the person, not the plan.
“It would’ve been the exact opposite,” Trump told Premiere Networks hosts Clay Travis and Buck Sexton earlier this week.
“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.
According to Trump, Biden accidentally let that thought escape from his lips when he mentioned during public statements that no US service members had been killed in 18 months as a result of the agreement reached between the two sides.
“They didn’t meet some of them (conditions) so we bombed the hell out of them,” Trump said about the Taliban reportedly violating parts of the deal.
When it came to the withdrawal, which resulted in the deaths of 13 US service members and dozens of Afghan civilians as a result of a bomb blast, as well as untold numbers of stranded Americans, Trump told the radio hosts that the US would have left in a timely manner and, unlike the current president, would have either destroyed or taken with them the billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded weapons that are now in the hands of the Taliban.
“I said I want every nail, every screw, every tank, every plane – those planes are in very good working order – you look at Apaches they coast a fortune – tens of millions,” Trump said, adding that he was embarrassed to see Taliban militants riding in American military vehicles and aircraft.
“It’s just disgraceful – I think its the greatest embarrassment in the history of our country,” Trump said.
Later in the interview, Trump ripped Biden for showing disrespect to families of the 13 fallen service members.
“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, echoing the sentiments of several Gold Star parents, including two who offered similar remarks to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday.
“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.”
Trump castigated stateside military brass he referred to as “television generals”, telling the hosts the generals on the ground are valiant but those back home are “terrible.”