Former President Donald J. Trump strongly condemned President Joe Biden and the disaster unfolding in Kabul, Afghanistan, since the weekend, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
Trump told “Hannity” that Biden humiliated the United States more than any other president in history, explicitly eclipsing Democrat Jimmy Carter’s Iran hostage crisis in 1979.
“It is a terrible time for our country. I don’t think in all these years our country has ever been so humiliated. I don’t know what you call it – military defeat or psychological defeat, there has never been anything like what happened here: you can go back to Jimmy Carter with the hostages, ”Trump said .
Trump questioned whether Biden would, in one aspect, cause an exponentially worse hostage crisis, as the Taliban currently has Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport surrounded by checkpoints – in which beatings and other violence have been reported.
“You are dealing with thousands and thousands of Americans and others who are stranded and very dangerously… in Afghanistan. So this is something that you can’t even believe. “
Trump said the weekend scenes of desperate Afghans clinging to the fuselage of an Air Force cargo plane and later falling to their deaths when the plane reached altitude made the evacuation of the airlift from the US Embassy in Saigon in 1975 seems small.
“I watched this big monster cargo plane yesterday with people clinging to the side and trying to leave Afghanistan because of their incredible fear – and they explode from the plane 2000 feet in the air, no one ‘never seen anything like this,’ he said. “It blows up the helicopters in Vietnam. It’s not even a competition. It was the most humiliating time I have ever seen. “
Trump said he warned alleged Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in talks last year that the United States would retaliate tenfold if an American was injured or if militants encroached on unapproved areas.
This deal, he said, appears to be moot as the Taliban raged through the country and took Kabul within days; while Americans and Westerners are trapped inside.
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“I told him straight away…” let me tell you right away that if anything happens to the Americans or anyone else or if you ever come to our land, we will strike you with a force with which no country has ever been affected before. A force so great you won’t even believe it. ‘ “
Trump claimed he never had any faith in the now abdicated government of President Ashraf Ghani, saying the politician was there for the money and to “make wine and dine” to foreign lawmakers. This description was found to be true, Trump claimed, following Ghani’s reported escape in which he took several vehicles and untold amounts of money.