After criticising Biden for not following the plan, Trump calls the Taliban ‘good fighters’!
Former US President Donald Trump praised the Taliban during an appearance on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show aired on August 17.
In an unexpected turn, Trump called the Taliban ‘good fighters’ who are ‘really smart,’ and erroneously claims the group has been around for 1,000 years.
Former President Trump appeared on FOX News to give his take on the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover after the US and NATO forces’ withdrawal.
“The Taliban, good fighters I will tell, you, good fighters. You have to give them credit for that. They’ve been fighting for a thousand years; what they do is they fight,” Trump said.
“The Taliban has circled the airport, and who knows if they’re going to treat us right? All of a sudden, they’ll say — well, frankly, if they were smart, they’d really — and they are smart, they are smart. They should let the Americans out,” Trump added.
Trump also used strong words for Afghanistan’s former president Ashraf Ghani — who fled Afghanistan this weekend. Trump labeled Ghani a “total crook” who “got away with murder.”
“I wanted (the Taliban) to get a deal done with the Afghan government,” Trump said.
“Now, I never had a lot of confidence, frankly, in Ghani. I said that openly and plainly I thought he was a total crook.”
The former US president who has been banned from Twitter added that Ghani also “spent all his time wining and dining our senators” but did not name particular politicians during the interview.
“The senators were in his pocket. That was one of the problems that we had. But I never liked him, and I guess based on his escape with cash, I don’t know, maybe that’s a true story. I would suspect it is. All you have to do is look at his lifestyle, study his houses, where he lives. He got away with murder in many, many different ways,” Trump said.
Earlier on August 15, following the Taliban advancement on Kabul, Former President Donald Trump blasted President Joe Biden for not “following the plan” that the Republican administration crafted regarding a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces,” the former US president said.
“Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500.”