Former US president Donald Trump branded the withdrawal from Afghanistan under Biden’s administration as the “biggest embarrassment” in US history.
US president Biden announced his decision to end the US military presence in Afghanistan on 14 April, which has been the longest ever US military campaign abroad.
It is a “terrible time for our country… this has been the most humiliating period of time I have ever seen,” Trump said in an interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Trump also compared the annual state expenses for operation in Afghanistan with the Russian military budget.
“We were spending $42 billion a year. Think of it, 42 billion. I understand Russia spends $50 billion a year for their entire military, we are spending $42 billion,” Trump added in a statement. “And we get nothing.”
According to Trump, the current situation in Afghanistan will affect US foreign relations for decades to come.
“Everybody’s brave, but the fact is, our country was paying the Afghan soldiers a fortune, so we were sort of bribing them to fight,” Trump continued in his interview.
“When China watches this, they are so happy and they’re laughing at us…” He added.
Trump brokered the deal with the Taliban which the Biden administration inherited.
The deal, signed in Qatar’s Doha, envisaged a gradual withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban’s commitment to not support al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the region.
When asked about his plans for the 2024 presidential election campaign, Donald Trump said he could not disclose anything.
“But the American people will be very happy.” He told Fox News.
“People, you’re going to be happy, ’cause I love this country and I hate to see what’s happening.” He added.