Former U.S. President Donald Trump believes that the operation to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan was the biggest humiliation for the United States.
On the air of the Fox News television channel, he said that “terrible times” have come for America.
“I don’t think our country has ever been so humiliated in all these years. <...> I don’t know if this is a military defeat or a psychological one, but nothing like this has ever happened before. It is simply impossible to believe it,” the former White House leader said.
At the same time, Trump called the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan remarkable but stressed that “no one has ever done a worse job of withdrawing troops than [incumbent U.S. President] Joe Biden.
The situation, he said, would affect U.S. international relations for decades to come.
On Aug. 18, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that U.S. President Joe Biden’s approval rating fell seven percentage points to 46 percent after the radical Taliban came to power in Afghanistan.
The situation in Afghanistan began to aggravate after the U.S., which had been there since 2001, began to withdraw its troops at the beginning of May and planned to complete the operation by the end of August.
On August 15 the Taliban entered Kabul, after which they declared “the end of the war” in Afghanistan. They intended to declare the establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. In turn, President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country.
The next day, in response to criticism of the decision to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan, American President Joe Biden said that he did not regret it. He stressed that there was no better time to withdraw the military contingent from Afghanistan, and that a refusal would have meant an escalation of the conflict.