Former President Trump blasted President Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan pullout in an interview with Fox News as he told Sean Hannity a story about why the Taliban feared him too much to take over the nation.
“Based on my conversations with Abdul, who is the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months we haven’t lost a single soldier,” Trump said Thursday night, referring to co-founder and senior member Abdul Ghani Baradar. of the Taliban.
Trump then told Hannity that he threatened to “erase” Abdul if he didn’t follow his orders.
“Didn’t you tell him at some point, ‘I know exactly where you are’ and give him the exact coordinates of where he was?” Hannity asked.
“No,” Trump replied. “I sent him a photo of his house.
‘He said, ‘But why but why are you sending me a picture of my house?’ I said, ‘You have to understand that one.’
“Didn’t you tell him at some point, ‘I know exactly where you are’ and give him the exact coordinates of where he was?” Hannity asked. “No,” Trump replied. “I sent him a picture of his house”
“From my conversations with Abdul, who is the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months we have not lost a single soldier,” Trump said, referring to Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder and senior member of the Taliban. .
Trump further recalled, “I said, ‘If you do anything, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit. He said, ‘I understand, Your Excellency.’
“I was the one who reduced it to very few soldiers. I wanted out,’ Trump said, referring to the last 2,500 US military personnel left in Afghanistan at the end of his presidency. “We would have had a very similar schedule, but I would have taken out the army 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 says he had a plan that would have ensured a less frantic exit.
“I would have taken the best military equipment in the world, $85 billion worth of military equipment that we left behind. And by the way, 13 soldiers were killed,” he said, referring to the 13 Marines who died in an explosion trying to evacuate American citizens and allies as the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Biden has been widely criticized for the chaotic security situation that left Kabul airport vulnerable to the devastating suicide bombing that killed 170 Afghan civilians and 13 US service members in August 2021. Critics and supporters have worried about the ramifications long-term – as a broken promise not to leave the Americans behind and the blow to American credibility with its allies.
In September 2021, Trump denounced the largely obsolete military equipment the United States left in the hands of the Taliban and said that the United States should bomb Afghanistan, “We should either go in with military force without equivocate and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it, he said at the time.
In another wild moment in the interview, Trump claimed that Venezuela was “opening up its prisons” to send criminals to the United States and said immigrants were “poisoning” our country under President Biden.
Asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity how quickly he could get the nation back to what it was under his administration, Trump said he could get most things back “very quickly” except for migrants who “poisoned” the country.
When asked if he would deport the millions of illegal migrants who entered the country under President Biden, Trump replied: “The bad ones, the bad ones.”
“Millions and millions of people have poisoned our country,” Trump said.
“I heard yesterday that Venezuela was emptying its 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 an all-time high of 2,150,000 migrants encountered at the southern border.
Trump was referring to a Breitbart report on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence report warning that prisoners released by the Venezuelan regime were seen traveling with caravans to the United States 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 her whether or not he was going to run again. Biden also cited election law as preventing him from formally announcing his candidacy. If either candidate formally declares they are running, that would trigger new restrictions and procedural requirements.
Trump, who still refuses to concede his 2020 loss to Biden, then claimed he would rather see Biden succeed, even if it means losing to the Democrat in 2024.
“I would prefer him to be incredibly successful, even if it meant a lot more difficult – and maybe even a loss.” I want to see what is good for the country,” the former president said.