Former President Trump said that President Biden owes Americans and the world an “apology” over his chaotic evacuation efforts from Afghanistan that he argued was an “absolute humiliation” to the U.S military and our country.
In an interview with Fox Business’ Varney & Co. Tuesday morning, Trump was asked by host Stuart Varney on what he thinks Biden should say to the American people in remarks following the final U.S. withdrawal of troops out of Afghanistan.
“He should say I’m sorry. He owes an apology,” Trump responded. “I think the best thing he can do is apologize to the American people and apologize to the world, you know, we had a lot of help in Afghanistan, and we left, and everybody else had to leave with us, but the whole world deserves an apology.”
The former president went on to rip Biden for glancing at his watch during the “dignified transfer” ceremony as the remains of the 13 fallen U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing attack last Thursday was being transferred from the aircraft, calling it a “disgrace” for disrespecting the Gold Star family. Many family members in attendance Sunday have criticized the president over the controversy but were angry at that moment when they saw Biden checked his watch every time a casket came out and was being transferred.
“When he did that yesterday, it was a disgrace. I think the best thing he could do is apologize to the American people and apologize to the world. When he kept looking at his watch yesterday at Dover with the parents and spouses of people that were killed, the Marines and the Navy sailor that was killed, and he’s looking at his watch, like, ‘Get me the hell out of here. I want to go home, get me out. I want to go home,'” Trump said. “I mean, how many times did he look at his watch?”
“He [Biden] handed them a country on a silver platter. He ought to apologize and stop trying to excuse the language, bullshit everybody into thinking that what he did was good. We should have withdrawn, but we should have withdrawn in a totally different way, with great dignity. It would have been a tremendous win for us,” Trump added.
The former president noted that Biden has “humiliated” the United States over the last 8 months in office, saying his successor botched withdrawal from Afghanistan was an “absolute humiliation.”
“Our allies aren’t going to look at us the same,” Trump stressed. “They have lost tremendous respect for our country, tremendous, beyond anything imaginable. I can imagine how generals feel. Everybody in our military has been humiliated. Our country has been humiliated by the way they got out. The withdrawal was a disaster, and we — it looked like they were — not look like, they told us to get out. They gave us a date, and that was it.”
“That withdrawal was an absolute humiliation of the United States of America. And the admirals and generals are right. And more than that should resign,” Trump added, referring to a letter from retired generals and admirals demanding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley resign in connection surrounding the “disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
On Monday, the Pentagon announced “the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan” but acknowledged “we did not get out everybody we had wanted to get out.” At least hundreds of Americans were left behind and are seen as hostages to the Taliban.
In addition to the “low hundreds” of people left behind in Kabul and reportedly service dogs, CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the U.S. also left behind equipment such as the C-RAM (counter-artillery, artillery, and mortar) system that was used to shoot down rockets, as well as dozens of armored Humvees and some aircraft. Shortly after the final US evacuation flight left Kabul airport, the Taliban were seen inside the airbase inspecting the multiple helicopters, vehicles, and weapons left behind following the mass evacuations.
Trump slammed the Biden administration for leaving such equipment behind, calling it “insane” and “inconceivable,” adding that “that equipment will be coming at us for many years.”
“We cannot let them [the Taliban] have that equipment,” Trump said. “That’s the finest equipment made. To leave that equipment, billions and billions of equipment behind is insane. It’s inconceivable – that equipment is going to be coming at us for many years.”
The Biden administration has continuously pinned the blame on Trump for the chaotic situation that has taken place over the last month, a crisis they have caused over an arbitrary hasty withdrawal deadline. Biden has repeatedly cited his predecessor in multiple statements and speeches, arguing that his administration’s hands were tied by an agreement set by Trump agreement with the Taliban in February 2020, which included a U.S. pledge to remove troops from Afghanistan.
“I bear responsibility for, fundamentally, all that’s happened of late,” Biden said last Thursday in remarks regarding the 13 fallen troops killed by an ISIS suicide bomber attack outside Kabul airport. “But, you know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban to get all American forces out of Afghanistan by May 1.”
However, Trump’s agreement had a conditions-based clause, where the U.S. could have withdrawn anytime from the accord if Afghan peace talks failed to reach a negotiated settlement, which they did. Nonetheless, Biden chose to stay in the agreement but delayed the complete pullout from May 1 to September 11.
Trump stressed that the deal he made with the Taliban last year was “conditions-based” and that the Taliban “didn’t fulfill some of those conditions, and we bombed the hell out of them.”
Biden is scheduled to address the nation on his “decision not to extend our presence in Afghanistan beyond Aug. 31” late Tuesday afternoon – almost 24 hours after the final American troops departed Afghanistan.