Former President Donald Trump has been relatively quiet in the aftermath of the Biden administration’s failed U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban takeover.
Trump spoke out loud and clear in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Hannity on Tuesday, declaring that the Afghan people were safer during his administration than for Americans living in cities like Chicago and New York.
“You have to meet with the Taliban”
“We had a great deal and worked on it very hard,” the former president said, calling former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “brilliant guy” who hammered out the details, according to Breitbart.
“Meetings with the Taliban, of course, you have to meet with the Taliban,” he said. “They are the ones who we are negotiating with.”
Trump went on to confirm that he “spoke on numerous occasions to the head of the Taliban” and made his demands clear.
“I told him upfront, I said look at, before we start, let me just tell you right now that if anything happens to Americans or anybody else or if you ever come over to our land, we will hit you with a force that no country has ever been hit with before. A force so great that you won’t even believe,” Trump recalled.
The Trump administration’s record on keeping violence down in Afghanistan and protecting American troops serving in the region bolsters his current claims.
“I was not going to put up with it”
“We have to tell you also that we lost no soldiers in the last year and a half because of me and because of the understanding that we had,” Trump said. “Think of that. In Chicago and in New York and in other cities in the United States. Many people die every weekend. We lost no soldiers in Afghanistan because they knew I was not going to put up with it.”
In contrast, the Biden administration has quickly withdrawn U.S. military forces out of Afghanistan, leaving thousands of Americans and allies behind and at risk of violence. The Taliban’s rapid return to power also all but assures many Afghan people — particularly women and children — will face mounting difficulties and harsh social restrictions.
The U.S. troop withdrawal also left Taliban fighters in control of various weapons and other American military equipment — even as Biden seeks new gun control mandates for U.S. citizens.
As Trump referenced in his recent remarks, Biden’s problems are not limited to the Middle East. Various cities across the U.S. have reported surging violent crime rates in recent months.
In coming years, however, the Afghanistan debacle could become known as Biden’s defining moment. If so, it is not a good look for the left — and it could inspire a 2024 comeback campaign for Trump.