Mitt Romney Doesn’t Let Trump Off The Hook On Afghanistan Withdrawal
If Donald Trump could still tweet, he might have a few angry ones to fire off at Mitt Romney (R-UT) right now. The senator, who has criticized the ex-president before, spoke out Sunday morning to give Trump’s administration a share of the blame for everything that has gone wrong with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Romney is facing a lot of criticism for saying that the blame is split between two administrations — after all, the United States has had troops in Afghanistan for four administrations now, and the two that Romney names don’t include the administration (under George W. Bush) that sent them to begin with. Still, he’s breaking with many of his conservative colleagues (and voters) by recognizing Trump’s role in it all.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) hits Trump and Biden on Afghanistan: “We’re in this situation now because of terrible decisions made by two administrations …”
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“We’re in the position we’re in right now because of terrible decisions made by two administrations. One, the Trump Administration, negotiating directly with the Taliban, getting ready to invite them to Camp David, opening up a prison of 5000 Taliban and probably ISIS-k individuals and letting them free — I mean, we don’t know whether some of them were involved in the attack that occurred! These are the decisions that led to what you’re seeing, and the danger that exists at the airport.”
He gives Biden a hefty helping of the blame, too, citing the closure of Bagram Air Base. Trump himself has blamed Biden completely, declaring the withdrawal “the single greatest humiliation in our history.” Trump’s supporters also tend to place the entire blame on Biden, with a small group in Congress actually calling for impeachment.