Although President Joe Biden has said that American troops will leave Afghanistan before September 11, former President Donald Trump said in a statement on Sunday, April 18, that Biden should pull out the troops even sooner.
JustTheNews reported Trump said that “I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.”
In the statement, Trump said that, “I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11th as the date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, for two reasons. First, we can and should get out earlier. Nineteen years is enough, in fact, far too much and way too long. I made early withdraw possible by already pulling much of our billions of dollars of equipment out and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there (likewise in Iraq, and zero troops in Syria except for the area where we KEPT THE OIL).”
The Trump administration had reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw American troops by May 1, but Biden said they would leave before September 11.
In his statement, Trump also said that September 11 is a dark day in American history.
“Secondly, 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. Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible,” Trump stated.
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
According to an alliance official, NATO officials scheduled a video conference for Wednesday after learning of the proposed withdrawal. There are 9,600 members of the military alliance in the region, with around 2,500 being U.S. troops.
A spokesman for the Taliban said just hours after Biden’s announcement that the militant group would not attend a planned summit in Turkey until all foreign troops had left the region.
“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, [we] will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” the Taliban office in Qatar’s spokesperson, Mohammad Naeem, wrote on Twitter.
Without U.S. assistance, Kabul is supposed to ‘struggle.’
Despite concerns that the Taliban may gain significant ground, the military withdrawal will not be influenced by the situation on the ground.
“The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever,” the official stated.
The most recent postponement was due to logistical issues, and the new date was agreed upon with allies.
According to a report released by US intelligence, Afghanistan’s government would “struggle” to hold its ground against the “confident” Taliban.
The official stated that U.S. forces had warned the Taliban not to assault troops as they prepare to leave the region.
“We have communicated to the Taliban in no uncertain terms that, if they do conduct attacks against US or allied forces as we carry out this drawdown, that we will hit back hard,” the official stated.