Trump’s Criticism Of Biden’s Afghanistan Decision Can’t Erase His Own Words (But He Seems To Be Trying)
Donald Trump has a lot to say about President Joe Biden and the removal of troops from Afghanistan. However, he isn’t saying much about his own words from as recently as April and June. In fact, he may be trying to pretend those words away entirely.
First let’s look at one of Trump’s recent statements, courtesy of his Twitter proxy (more formally, his spokesperson) Liz Harrington.
President Donald J. Trump:
"First Joe Biden surrendered to COVID and it has come roaring back. Then he surrendered to the Taliban, who has quickly overtaken Afghanistan and destroyed confidence in American power and influence. pic.twitter.com/2qyLm2U6rV
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 16, 2021
“[Biden] surrendered to the Taliban…The outcome in Afghanistan, including the withdrawal, would have been totally different if the Trump Administration had been in charge.”
However, here’s video, via The Hill, of Trump in June, praising the removal of troops from Afghanistan, and taking full credit for it. He boasts that he set this in motion, and that the Biden Administration couldn’t stop it from happening.
“I started the process. All the troops are coming back home. [The Biden Administration] couldn’t stop the process…they couldn’t stop the process. They wanted to but it was very tough to stop the process.”
Then, of course, there’s his statement from April.
I don’t usually share Trump statements, but he’s trying to delete this one.
Twitter, do your stuff. pic.twitter.com/F26r0wdrnj
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) August 16, 2021
In it, he says that waiting for September 11th to withdraw troops is too long, and that they should be pulled out much sooner.
“I planned to withdraw on May 1st,” the statement declares, “and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.”
Alternet is reporting that mentions of Trump’s plans to pull out of Afghanistan are being wiped from his website — and this particular statement does not appear to be available on the site now.
It’s not only Trump rushing to rewrite history, either — The Week reports that the Republican National Committee has removed a page from their site that described Biden as “pushing for endless wars” and praised Trump for his plan to pull troops from Afghanistan.