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Biden, Trump camps play blame sport as scenario in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate

Former President Donald Trump launched a press release providing sympathy to the households of the 13 troopers killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan Thursday whereas the Biden administration makes an attempt to pin the blame for the chaos on Trump.

“Melania and I ship our deepest condolences to the households of our sensible and courageous Service Members whose responsibility to the usA. meant a lot to them,” Trump stated in a press release Thursday hours earlier than Biden addressed the American folks. “Our ideas are additionally with the households of the harmless civilians who died right now within the savage Kabul assault. This tragedy ought to by no means have been allowed to occur, which makes our grief even deeper and extra obscure. Could God Bless the usA.”


The Biden administration has confronted scrutiny as just lately as Thursday for persevering with to work with the Taliban to get Individuals out of Afghanistan and Biden has been extensively criticized for his hasty and chaotic withdrawal from the nation.

Amid the chaotic scramble at Kabul’s airport to evacuate the remaining Individuals and U.S. allies out of Afghanistan following the swift collapse of the Afghan authorities and navy by the hands of the repressive Taliban forces, a blame sport of kinds has damaged out amongst President Biden and his predecessor within the White Home.

Biden has repeatedly cited his predecessor in a number of statements and speeches and Trump has issued a flurry of statements the previous couple of days, going so far as arguing that it’s time for the president “to resign in shame.”

Biden officers have tried to make the argument that the administration was handcuffed by an settlement with the Taliban signed by President Trump in Doha, Qatar in February 2020, which included a U.S. pledge to take away troops from Afghanistan.

“I bear accountability for, basically, all that is occurred of late,” Biden stated Thursday. “However, you realize in addition to I do this the previous president made a take care of the Taliban to get all American forces out of Afghanistan by Could 1.”

However Biden can go solely thus far in claiming that settlement boxed him in. It had an escape clause: The U.S. might have withdrawn from the accord if Afghan peace talks failed. They did fail, however Biden selected to remain within the settlement, though he delayed the whole pullout from Could to September.


Chris Miller, appearing protection secretary within the remaining months of the Trump administration, chafed at the concept that Biden was handcuffed by the settlement.

“If he thought the deal was dangerous, he might have renegotiated. He had loads of alternative to do this if he so desired,” Miller, a high Pentagon counterterrorism official on the time the Doha deal was signed, advised The Related Press in an interview.

Renegotiating, although, would have been tough. Biden would have had little leverage. He, like Trump, needed U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. Pulling out of the settlement may need compelled him to ship hundreds extra again in.

U.S. officers made clear on the time that the settlement was conditions-based and the failure of intra-Afghan peace talks to succeed in a negotiated settlement would have nullified the requirement to withdraw.


At some point earlier than the Doha deal, a high aide to chief U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad stated the settlement was not irreversible, and “there is no such thing as a obligation for the USA to withdraw troops if the Afghan events are unable to succeed in settlement or if the Taliban present dangerous religion” throughout negotiations.

Biden has publicly said that he would have eliminated all troops from Afghanistan even when Trump had not made the Doha association. 

The president has additionally credited Trump’s take care of the truth that the Taliban has circuitously attacked American troops in the course of the withdrawal. 

Trump addressed critics of his plan in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday and stated {that a} Taliban assault on U.S. troops in March would have induced him to finish the settlement and strike the Taliban.

“We might not have stood for any troopers or any Individuals being killed or shot at or damage in any approach,” Trump stated. “That was in there. And Hugh, for 18 months, not one American soldier was killed. Not one. Eighteen months. And that was due to the settlement.”

Trump added, “It was conditions-based. Now there have been many different components of the settlement additionally. And in the event that they violated them, you realize that, we went in and bombed the hell out of them, and so they by no means would. They by no means would have come into Kabul.”

Biden is dealing with calls from distinguished Republicans, together with Sens. Josh Hawley and Marsha Blackburn and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, to resign over the American lack of life in Afghanistan. White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed these calls on Thursday, saying that right now is “not a day for politics.”

Related Press and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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