In a statement released on his website, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Biden’s immediate resignation over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he allowed to happen in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous increase in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote in his statement.
Later, Trump released another statement in which he said that “what Joe Biden did with Afghanistan is legendary,” and asserted that the events will be remembered as one of the “greatest defeats in American history.”
After taking over the entire country in just over a week, the Taliban regained political control of Afghanistan after insurgent forces seized Kabul, the Afghan capital, where American troops have been deployed to evacuate the embassy. Crowds of terrified people thronged Kabul’s international airport frantically trying to flee the city.
Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed concern over Biden’s disastrous handling of the troop withdrawal.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized Biden on Sunday, saying the president “seems oblivious to the terrorist threats that will come from a Taliban-led Afghanistan.”
“It is only a matter of time until al-Qaeda reforms in Afghanistan and presents a threat to the American homeland and the Western world,” he added.
For her part, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) said on MSNBC that the fall of Kabul reminded her of Saigon in 1975. “It feels like the fall of Saigon today, I’m not going to lie,” she said.
Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus called the collapse of Afghanistan “catastrophic” for the United States and the rest of the world. “This is a huge setback for national security and it’s about to get worse unless we decide to take really meaningful action,” he told Fox News.
The Trump administration had negotiated terms for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan before May 1. Trump even considered withdrawing troops from the region before leaving office.