Former President Donald Trump lit into President Joe Biden during an interview Wednesday over the administration’s handling of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, which has resulted in deaths and chaos as well as the stranding of thousands of Americans.
In an interview with Greg Kelly on Newsmax TV, Trump said “it’s inconceivable that anybody could be so incompetent, stupid” regarding Biden and his administration’s performance on the ground in pulling out of a country where U.S. and NATO forces have been deployed for 20 years.
The former president added that Biden’s allowing the Taliban to retake the country so quickly is even worse than the chaos the current president’s policies have created along the U.S.-Mexico border, as hundreds of thousands of migrants have streamed across virtually unrestrained for months.
“There’s never been anything so poorly handled,” Trump said.
“We used to talk about the southern border that you know – we had the southern border the best it’s ever been, now it’s the worst it’s ever been – but this is blowing it away,” he added.
Trump also ripped Biden for vacationing at Camp David and for photos posted online showing him sitting in an empty situation room at the presidential retreat earlier this week as the crisis unfolded in Afghanistan, suggesting it was just a staged White House photo op.
“It was just a setup picture to try and show that he’s working, and he’s not working,” Trump said.
“And more importantly than not working, their thought processes are wrong. The whole group of them, they don’t know what they’re doing,” he added.
The former president went on to describe what was happening in the Afghan capital of Kabul as “disgraceful” before noting that in past negotiations with Taliban leaders he insisted on a peace deal that came with a “conditions-based” withdrawal from the country.
“I spoke with the heads of the Taliban – I had very, very tough conversations,” Trump said. “There would be hell to pay if anything happened like this.
“And by the way, who could even think something like this was going to happen, but they knew that there would hell to pay, and it would start right at their village where they all lived – where they lived very happily. We had this worked out. It was going to be great,” Trump said.
“This would have never happened if the election wasn’t rigged,” Trump said.
“And there are consequences to a rigged election. This would have never happened,” he added.
Trump has been critical of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan throughout the week.
“First Joe Biden surrendered to COVID and it has come roaring back,” Trump said via his Save America PAC on Monday as the crisis was unfolding.
“Then he surrendered to the Taliban, who has quickly overtaken Afghanistan and destroyed confidence in American power and influence,” he added.
“The outcome in Afghanistan, including the withdrawal, would have been totally different if the Trump Administration had been in charge,” the statement continued.
“Who or what will Joe Biden surrender to next? Someone should ask him, if they can find him.”
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