Former President Donald Trump is urging Biden to change course on his plan to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
In a statement released from his office at Mar-a-Lago, Trump expressed his dismay at Biden’s decision:
Former President Donald Trump says President Joe Biden should not delay departure from Afghanistan past Trump’s May 1 deadline, and definitely not to September 11. pic.twitter.com/jPN86eZEsq
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 18, 2021
“I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11th as the date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, for two reasons,” Trump began.
Firstly, the Former President is calling for immediate removal of U.S. troops from the region, far sooner than Biden’s planned 9/11/21 drawback.
“Nineteen years is enough, in fact, far too much and way too long,”
Secondly, Trump believes removing troops on the anniversary of one of America’s greatest tragedies would take away from the “day of reflection.”
“September 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost,” he wrote.
Biden inspired the Former President’s statement when he announced his plan to defy a pact signed by Trump in February 2020. The pact, co-signed by our NATO allies, and agreed upon by Taliban forces, guaranteed a total removal of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan in a gradual 14-month time frame.
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth,” Biden said.
Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the decision to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan, saying the war on terror has “spread to other places.”
White House officials have recently stressed a re-focusing on terror threats within the United States, especially given the Biden administration’s lax border policies.
However, some within the Biden administration have admonished the “Commander-in-Chief’s” decision to pull troops from the region.
Just this week, CIA Director William Burns told the Senate that America’s ability to collect intelligence and act against Muslim extremism in Afghanistan will diminish after the departure of U.S. troops.
Announcing his decision to withdraw troops, Biden said the United States would monitor the threat, reorganize counterterrorism capabilities and keep substantial assets in the region to respond to threats to the United States emerging from Afghanistan.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth