‘Greatest foreign policy humiliation’: Trump assails Biden for botched exit from Afghanistan

ALABAMA: Former US President Donald Trump launched on Saturday a sustained attack on President Joe Biden’s handling of the retreat of American forces from Afghanistan, which he called “the greatest foreign policy humiliation” in the country’s history.

Trump, a Republican who has dangled the possibility of running again for president in 2024, has repeatedly blamed Biden, a Democrat, for Afghanistan’s fall to the militant Taliban, even though the US withdrawal that triggered the collapse was negotiated by his own administration.

“Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time,” Trump said at a boisterous rally packed with his supporters near Cullman, Alabama.

At the rally, Trump blamed the situation on Biden not having followed the plan his administration came up with and bemoaned US personnel and equipment being left behind as troops withdrew.

“This is not a withdrawal. This was a total surrender,” he said.

Trump said the Taliban, with whom he had negotiated, respected him. He suggested the quick takeover of Afghanistan would not have happened if he was still in office.

“We could have gotten out with honour,” Trump added. “We should have gotten out with honour. And instead we got out with the exact opposite of honour.” – Reuters