WASHINGTON, DC – Former President Donald Trump slammed President Biden for his handling of Afghanistan and said the administration may be airlifting thousands of terrorists out of the country to places around the world.
"Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the military before our citizens," said #DonaldTrump.#Taliban #Afghanistan #JoeMustGo#TrumpWasRight #KabulAiporthttps://t.co/QZaHoK89tp
— Debashish Sarkar 🇮🇳 (@DebashishHiTs) August 26, 2021
In a statement issued by Trump on August 24, he said that his successor surrendered Afghanistan and left Americans for dead:
“Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the military before our citizens.”
Biden has been criticized for pulling U.S. military forces out of the country before completing evacuations of civilians and the removal or destruction of U.S. equipment and weapons.
Thousands of American citizens, Afghans who aided the NATO allies, and other foreign citizens have been trapped in the country since the Taliban seized power earlier this month.
The U.S. has been airlifting citizens and Afghans who have been approved out of the country. Tens of thousands of Afghans are expected to settle inside the United States, some without completing the immigration process normally required for amnesty or other authorizations.
Thousands of terrorists might have been airlifted from Kabul: Trump
— Amrita Bhinder 🇮🇳 (@amritabhinder) August 26, 2021
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said that he had been informed that as many as 10,000 refugees would be coming to Fort Bliss in El Paso under special visas:
“My prayers at this point [are] we aren’t too late to get them out of the country,” Cornyn told local reporters, saying that the sprawling military complex was large enough for everyone.
“Fort Bliss is a big place. The (commander) briefed me this morning and said they have more than enough space to accommodate the Afghan refugees. My hope is that we can get those people out of Afghanistan that we’ve worked with these past 20 years because if we can’t, many of them will simply be killed along with their families.”
Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the Military before our citizens. Now we are learning that out of the 26,000 people who have been evacuated, only 4,000 are Americanshttps://t.co/fHF4JGO4HL
— Elenaforever (@Elenaforever13) August 26, 2021
The State Department has approved 34,500 special immigration visas for Afghan citizens who assisted the U.S. during the long war.
In his statement, Trump said he was concerned about which Afghans made it on the evacuation flights:
“Now we are learning that out of the 26,000 people who have been evacuated, only 4,000 are Americans. You can be sure, the Taliban, who are now in complete control, didn’t allow the best and brightest to board these evacuation flights.
“Instead, we can only imagine how many thousands of terrorists have been airlifted out of Afghanistan and into neighborhoods around the world. What a terrible failure. NO VETTING. How many terrorists will Joe Biden bring to America? We don’t know!”
Congressman Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret and a veteran of the Afghanistan war, introduced a resolution in Congress condemning President Biden’s handling of Afghanistan. In a release, the congressman said:
“President Biden has embarrassed the United States on the world stage and created the worst foreign policy blunder in our modern history.
Rather than heeding the advice of military leaders and lawmakers, President Biden created a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan that he alone owns – all for the sake of seeking a headline that he would withdraw our troops prior to the 20th anniversary of September 11th.
“Now, we will have shamefully given away the freedoms of Afghans, our military equipment and infrastructure, and countless other resources to the hands of Taliban terrorists because of the
“Additionally, it is growing more likely by the day we will have broken our promise to thousands of Afghan allies who stood should-to-shoulder with our troops on the battlefield that have now been handed a death sentence for our failure to safely evacuate them in a timely fashion.
The intelligence community had made clear Al Qaeda 3.0 will come roaring back as the Taliban have made no indication they have cut ties with the perpetrators of September 11th.”
“Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the Military before our citizens. Now we are learning that…”
— Read President Trump's full statement: 👇 pic.twitter.com/2gs090EH6R
— D Alex (@D_Alex_connect) August 24, 2021
After listing what is termed the “failures” of the President, the resolution goes on to make two demands:
- “(Congress) calls on the President to conduct a multi6 agency accounting of United States military equipment and other resources left behind in Afghanistan, now in the hands of the Taliban or other groups, and immediately present a clear plan to Congress of how he intends to fill the intelligence gaps created by this chaotic withdrawal.”
- “(Congress) calls on the President to commit to maintaining the evacuation operation as long as necessary to safely evacuate any United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, and Afghan partner that requests evacuation assistance and to utilize all United States military resources to ensure access to Hamid Karzai International Airport remains open and unobstructed.”
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Trump shred Biden on Afghanistan – says you save Americans, take your equipment then bomb the bases
August 22, 2021
UNITED STATES- On Thursday, August 19th, former President Donald Trump explained in a statement the correct way President Joe Biden should have conducted the Afghan withdrawal – and it starts with getting Americans out first.
Trump’s statement said:
“First you bring out all of the American citizens. Then you bring out ALL equipment. Then you bomb the bases to smithereens. AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY.”
“You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did. No chaos, no death — they wouldn’t even know we left!”
— The Dispatch (@thedispatch) August 21, 2021
Trump’s critique of Biden’s withdrawal underscores the unknown amount of Americans still trapped in the collapsed country since Sunday, August 15th.
Reportedly, estimates have ranged from 10,000 to 40,000, with the Associated Press (AP) reporting on Thursday, August 19th, that 15,000 Americans are stranded.
The United States has evacuated only about 2,000 Americans since the 15th and Russia has since offered to evacuate Afghans.
The AP also reported that the Taliban have erected “checkpoints and curfews” that have limited the number of Americans and Afghans able to enter the airport.
The State Department has asked Americans to travel to the airport to be extracted, however, the U.S. military stated that they cannot guarantee Americans will be safe doing so. On Wednesday, August 17th, the U.S. embassy in Kabul announced a “first come, first serve basis” for flights out of the country. The statement said:
“Please be advised that a significant number of individuals have registered and space on these flights is available on a first come, first serve basis. You may be required to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time until space is available.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that nearly 4,500 American troops are protecting the airport while the State Department evacuates those trapped amid the chaos and increased brutalization by the Taliban within the country.
Biden defends handling of botched Afghanistan withdrawal, says can't guarantee outcomehttps://t.co/ZcNKGtOgXK
— Pennies From Heaven ❌❌ (@PinniesH) August 21, 2021
On Thursday, August 19th, the New York Times reported that Taliban terrorists are “intensifying” their searches for individuals “they believe worked with U.S. and NATO forces,” including among the crowds of Afghans at Kabul’s airport.
The Taliban has said it will “kill or arrest their family members if they cannot find them.” A Washington Post columnist tweeted that Biden left so much military equipment behind in the country that he practically gave the Taliban an air force.
"Among the items seized by the Taliban are Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft."
Great, we gave the Taliban an air force.https://t.co/cn6bhfDHRc
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 19, 2021
Reportedly, from 2003-2019, the American taxpayer sent the following to Afghanistan:
162,643 pieces of communications equipment;
6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment;
7,035 machine guns;
20,040 hand grenades;
2,520 bombs; and
1,394 grenade launchers
The Hill reported that as of June 30, 2021, Afghanistan had “211 U.S.-supplied aircrafts in their inventory.” Among those aircrafts seized by the Taliban are Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft.
Over the last two decades, the United States has spent an estimated $83 billion training and equipping Afghan security forces. It is unclear exactly how many weapons have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, but the Biden administration has acknowledged it’s a “fair amount.”
— Woodland (@nordicscripts) August 21, 2021
On Wednesday, August 18th, more than two dozen Republican senators demanded a “full accounting” of U.S. military equipment given to Afghan forces over the past 12 months, what’s been seized by the Taliban and what plans there are to either recapture or destroy the equipment.
The 25 senators, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin:
“As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment, including UH-60 Black Hawks, in the hands of the Taliban.”
“It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies. Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
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