Joe Biden’s predecessor at the White House criticized the latter’s choice to postpone the total withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan from May 1 to September 11, breaking with the plans of the Trump administration.
Former US President Donald Trump disowned in an April 18 statement the decisions of his successor Joe Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan on September 11 instead of the planned May 1 date.
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 hope that Joe Biden does not use September 11 as a date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan”, declared the former head of state explaining that “nineteen years [de guerre] it is enough, in truth, it is too much and too long ”.
And to the 45th President of the United States to defend his record on the matter: “I made a rapid withdrawal possible by already withdrawing a large part of our billions of dollars in equipment and, more importantly, by reducing our military presence. less than 2,000 soldiers compared to the level of 16,000 that was there ”. Another reason given, the symbolic date of September 11, deemed inappropriate. For Donald Trump, this date must be a “day of reflection and remembrance in honor of these great souls that we have lost”
On April 13, Joe Biden announced that American troops will leave Afghanistan “unconditionally” by September 11 for the 20th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. In February 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed an agreement within the framework of which the Americans planned the withdrawal of their soldiers on May 1, a deadline considered “difficult” to respect for Joe Biden.
As soon as it was announced, the news angered the Taliban: “Until all foreign forces have completed their withdrawal from our country, we will not participate in any conference supposed to take decisions on Afghanistan,” said a door. -speak of the Islamist movement, Mohammad Naeem on Twitter.
In nearly 20 years of war, there have been as many as 100,000 American troops present in Afghan territory.