Donald Trump boasted Thursday that two terrorist leaders killed during his presidency were much worse than Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Trump says that, unlike President Joe Biden, he could’ve gotten America out of Afghanistan with strength and dignity.
Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday, Trump said that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani were “bigger by many, many times” than al-Qaida leader bin Laden — the only of the three men not killed in an operation Trump authorized.
Given his record of eliminating terrorists, Trump said, the Taliban leadership “feared” and “respected” him as president.
- That, along with a less “stupid” withdrawal plan, would’ve enabled him to exit Afghanistan after 20 years without the American deaths and humiliation Biden has incurred.
Blame game: Trump has repeatedly blamed Biden for Afghanistan’s fall to the Islamist militant Taliban.
- Biden, for his part, has claimed Trump’s 2020 withdrawal agreement with the Taliban effectively made the ongoing chaos in Afghanistan inevitable.
“It’s probably from the standpoint of military tactics and just embarrassment, the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to our country,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday of Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before civilians.
- “We look like fools all over the world. We are weak. We are pathetic, we are being led by people that have no idea what they are doing.”