Joe Biden on Saturday shamelessly blamed Trump for the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan.
The embassies this week were evacuating staff in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Taliban continues to retake control over every part of the country.
The Taliban is expected to take Kabul within weeks or even days.
The Taliban seized US weapons, munitions and military equipment such as armored tanks and military vehicles.
Joe Biden blamed Trump for his own failures.
“I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces,” Mr. Biden said. “Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500.”
“Therefore, 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 added. “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. And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”
Trump blasted Joe Biden for abruptly running out of Afghanistan.
“What a disgrace it will be when the Taliban raises their flag over America’s Embassy in Kabul,” Trump said. “This is complete failure through weakness, incompetence, and total strategic incoherence.”
Biden announced he would be sending 5,000 additional troops to assist with the drawdown of US personnel as they evacuate.
Here’s Joe Biden last month saying the Taliban won’t take back Afghanistan:
This may become the most infamous — and devastating — press conference ever held by an American President. pic.twitter.com/j4kKwyPDVm
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) August 15, 2021