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September 11, 2021 at 3:57 PM
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Former Republican President Donald Trump, speaking on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, on Saturday denounced the “horrible” withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Joe Biden’s “incompetence” in handling the end of America’s longest war.
“It’s a very sad day for many reasons,” he said while visiting a Manhattan police station.
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“It’s horrible what happened” in Afghanistan, he told the police who had greeted him warmly.
“It looks like we retreated, gave up and they used the word ‘capitulate’,” he added. We did not surrender, our personnel did not surrender and our soldiers certainly did not. “
“We fled Afghanistan, what a horrible time (before) the 20th anniversary of the attacks,” he said, before visiting a nearby fire station where he was also greeted enthusiastically.
The US intervention in Afghanistan, triggered after Al-Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001 that left nearly 3,000 dead, ended in chaos after It was the clear victory of the Taliban who took over power in Kabul in mid-August.
The Trump administration had reached a deal with Islamist fighters in February 2020, which provided for a US withdrawal in May 2021 in exchange for security insurance.
His successor, Joe Biden, postponed the end of the withdrawal until August 31, but he was taken aback by the onslaught of the Taliban.
A gigantic airlift was urgently set up to evacuate thousands of American citizens and Afghan civilians who collaborated with the United States, marked by scÃ © Chaos at Kabul airport and an attack by the Islamic State group that killed 13 US servicemen and over 100 Afghan civilians.
In the morning, the former president had already sharply criticized the action of his Democratic successor in the White House in a video message.
“It is also a sad moment for how our war against those who have done so much harm to our country ended last week”, he said afterwards s paying tribute to the “courage” of the firefighters, police officers and first aid workers who intervened in the attacks.
“We will find it difficult to recover from the embarrassment that this incompetence has caused”, the billionaire continued in his video.
He also denounced the seizure by the Taliban of American military equipment “without a single shot being fired”.
Donald Trump, who did not attend the official tribute ceremony in New York, will comment on Saturday night on a boxing match between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and the Équipe Brazilian canvas of mixed martial arts Vitor Belfort.
Biden on Saturday defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan on the sidelines of 20th anniversary ceremonies, saying the US could not “invade” every country where Al-Qaida is.
“Could Al-Qaida come back? Yeah, but I’ll tell you, they’re already back in other places, ”he told reporters in Shanksville, Pa., Where one of the four planes shot by. Al-Qaida jihadists crashed 20 years ago.
“What’s the strategy? We must invade all the places where Al-Qaida is and leave our troops there? Let’s be serious! ”He added.
The President of the United States, widely criticized for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 31, repeated that trying to unify the Afghans had been © an error.
Biden believes that the Americans had accomplished their mission by killing Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaida, and neutralizing the jihadist network in his Afghan base.
Biden has been going through difficult political times since the Taliban seized power in Kabul on August 15 and the precipitation evacuation of more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan in an organized military operation by the US military. But he said he was not worried about his declining popularity.
“I’m a big boy. I’ve been doing this job for a long time, ”said the 77-year-old US president and veteran of US politics.
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