Former President Trump criticized President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan in a sit-down interview with Fox News when he told Sean Hannity a story about why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.
“During my conversations with Abdul, the leader of the Taliban, we have not lost a single soldier for 18 months,” Trump said Thursday evening, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.
Trump then told Hannity that he threatened to “exterminate” Abdul if he did not follow his orders.
“Didn’t you at some point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates of where he was?” asked Hannah.
“No,” Trump replied. “I sent him a picture of his house.”
‘He said, ‘But why else but why are you sending me a picture of my house?’ I said, “You have to figure that out.”
“Didn’t you at some point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates of where he was?” asked Hannah. “No,” Trump replied. ‘I sent him a picture of his house’
“During my conversations with Abdul, the leader of the Taliban, we have not lost a single soldier for 18 months,” Trump said, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban.
Trump further recalled: “I said, ‘If you do something, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit.’ He said, “I understand, Your Excellency.”
“I’m the one who made it to very few soldiers. I wanted out,” Trump said, referring to the last 2,500 U.S. military personnel left in Afghanistan at the end of his presidency. “We would have had a similar schedule, but I would have taken out the military last.”
Trump had long called for an end to the war in Afghanistan and planned to withdraw all US troops by May 1, 2021. However, he claims he had a plan that would have made for a less insane exit.
“I would have taken the best equipment in the world, military equipment, $85 billion in military equipment that we left behind. And by the way, 13 soldiers were killed,” he said, referring to the 13 Marines killed in an explosion trying to evacuate American civilians and allies when the Taliban took Kabul.
Biden has been widely criticized for the chaotic security situation that left Kabul airport vulnerable to the devastating August 2021 suicide bombing that killed 170 Afghan civilians and 13 US military personnel. Critics and supporters are concerned about long-term ramifications, such as a broken promise not to leave Americans behind and the blow to American credibility with its allies.
In September 2021, Trump condemned the largely defunct military equipment the US had left in the hands of the Taliban, saying that the US should bomb Afghanistan: “We must either go in with unequivocal military force and get it, or on its own terms.” least the hell bomb it,’ he said then.
In another wild moment during the interview, Trump claimed Venezuela is “opening its prisons” to send criminals to the US and said immigrants are “poisoning” our country under President Biden.
When asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity how quickly he could return the nation to what it was under his administration, Trump said he could get most things back “very quickly,” except for the migrants who “poisoned” the country. .
When asked if he would deport the millions of illegal migrants who have entered the country under President Biden, Trump said, “The bad ones, the bad ones.”
“Millions and millions of people have poisoned our country,” Trump said.
“Yesterday I heard that Venezuela is emptying their prisons in the United States,” the former president told Hannity. “I’m almost surprised it took them so long.”
So far this fiscal year, border agents have faced a record 2,150,000 migrants at the southern border.
Trump referenced a Breitbart news story on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report warning that detainees released by the Venezuelan regime were traveling in caravans to the US in Mexico in July.
A source told the outlet that without diplomatic relations with Venezuela, it is nearly impossible to identify migrants with criminal records.
In 2024, Trump told Hannity he couldn’t “legally” tell him whether or not he would flee again. Biden has also cited the electoral law as a barrier to formally announcing his candidacy. If either candidate were to formally declare that they were a candidate, it would introduce new restrictions and procedural requirements.
Trump, who still refuses to admit his 2020 loss to Biden, then claimed he would rather see Biden succeed, even if that meant losing to the Democrat in 2024.
“I’d rather he had incredible success, even if it meant a lot harder – and maybe even a loss. I want to see what’s good for the country,” the former president said.