The takeover of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan is a humiliation for the United States, former US President Donald Trump assessed in an interview with Fox News. He also defended his deal with the Taliban. “Of course you had to meet the Taliban, you had to negotiate with them,” he said.
Afghan Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday. The previous US-backed government collapsed and the country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, fled abroad. In February 2020, then-US President Donald Trump and allies agreed to formulate an agreement with the Taliban on the withdrawal of international military forces. This year, President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of US and NATO forces by September. The departure of coalition soldiers from Afghanistan opened the way for the Taliban to gain control over Afghanistan.
Afghanistan captured by the Taliban. Trump: We’ve never been so humiliated
– For all the years, our country has not been so humiliated. I don’t know whether to call it a military defeat or a psychological defeat, what has never happened before [w Afganistanie -red.] Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
The former president said that despite his agreement with the Taliban in February 2020, which set the date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 2021, he would never have allowed the situation to happen today. He stressed that in the event of a Taliban attack on the cities, he would have hit them “with great force”.
He also confessed to having spoken to Taliban leader Mullah Baradar on numerous occasions and warned him that if he attacked the Americans, he would attack his village. Baradar was released from prison in 2018 at the request of the Trump administration as part of an attempted peace talk. – Of course you had to meet with the Taliban, you had to negotiate with them (…) we had a great deal – said the former president. He admitted that the Taliban, whose movement started in 1994, are “good fighters who have been fighting for over a thousand years.” The former president misjudged the state of Afghan forces as well as former president Ashraf Ghani, whom he “never liked” and whom he described as a fraud.
Trump said the US’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan “will affect America’s relations over the decades.” – When China watches it, they are so happy and laugh at us (…) – said Trump. He repeated his unproven accusations that last year’s presidential election had been rigged and that China “could help”.
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