Former US President Donald Trump has described President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan the “greatest embarrassment” in the history of the United States.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump claimed that Biden has humiliated the US more than any other president in the country’s history, adding the US needs “a president that’s respected.”
"It is a terrible time for our country. I don't think in all of the years our country has ever been so humiliated. I don't know what you call it – a military defeat or a psychological defeat," Trump said.
Over the past days, Biden has come under the harshest bipartisan attacks over his chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan which led to capturing of the whole country by the Taliban.
In April, Biden announced he would withdraw all troops from the war-ravaged country. The Taliban has ever since been swiftly taking over the country.
Biden, however, has defended his decision to withdraw the US troops, reiterating that he “inherited” a deal for withdrawal that was negotiated by Trump.
“I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban. Under his agreement, US forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, just a little over three months after I took office,” Biden said on Monday.
The Taliban took control of the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the war-ravaged country. It took the militants just over a week to seize control of Afghanistan after a lightning sweep that ended in the capital.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of the so-called war on terror. While the invasion ended the Taliban’s rule in the country back then, it is ending with the return of the group to power.