Former President Donald Trump honored the 20th anniversary of the terror attack that killed nearly 3,000 people and launched the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
“For the great people of our country, this is a very sad day. September 11 represents great sorrow for our country,” the 45th president said. “Many things were displayed that day, including, most importantly, the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind. The job they did was truly unbelievable. We love them, and we thank them.”
Twenty years later, President Joe Biden’s administration led the withdrawal from Afghanistan; the chaos led to 13 U.S. service members and hundreds of people being killed by ISIS-K terrorists in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport. Americans were left behind, and billions of dollars in elite weapons were abandoned, which the Taliban has claimed as theirs.
“It is also a sad time for the way our war on those that did such harm to our country ended last week. The loss of 13 great warriors and the many more who were wounded should never have happened,” he said.
Trump called Joe Biden and the Biden administration “inept” for end of war handling. Initially, during Trump’s presidency, he led negotiations with the Taliban and agreed to leave Afghanistan and end the 20-year war on May 1 – as long as the Taliban refrained from interacting with terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and other agreements.
America’s exit was always conditional on the Taliban’s behavior, but Biden broke Tump’s agreement and decided to leave on September 11 before changing it to August 31. The Taliban swiftly took over the county with little resistance from the U.S. backed-Afghan government on August 15.
“The leader of our country was made to look like a fool, and that can never be allowed to happen. It was caused by bad planning, incredible weakness, and leaders who truly didn’t understand what was happening,” Trump continued. “This is the 20th year of this war and should have been a year of victory, and honor, and strength. Instead, Joe Biden and his inept administration surrendered in defeat.”
While the United States “will struggle to recover from the embarrassment this incompetence has caused” our nation, Trump said, “We live on.”
“Do not fear, however; America will be made great again,” he concluded.