Former President Donald Trump slammed the Biden administration’s bungling of the Afghanistan evacuation as a “lamb being led to slaughter” because US troops were withdrawn from the country first, leaving American citizens at the mercy of the Taliban.
“You had to get the people out of there. Can you imagine having your military go home and leaving all those people. That’s called the lamb being led to slaughter,” Trump said Wednesday on Fox Business.
“So your military goes home, and they forgot to let those divisions out, they forgot to protect the embassy,” the former commander-in-chief said about the US military abandoning the US Embassy in Kabul as the Taliban took control of the capital city.
Trump said President Biden’s inability to evacuate the thousands of American citizens still in the country puts them at risk of being used as hostages by the Taliban.
“But here’s the problem: withdrawing is the right thing to do, but the way they withdrew will go down in infamy. There has never been a worse withdraw. There has never been a more stupid group of people doing a withdraw. This is unbelievable when a military leaves first and then they say, ‘Oh, we have to go back and get ours,’” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo.
He compared the conditions Biden created in Afghanistan to the Iranian hostage crisis during former President Jimmy Carter’s time in the White House.
“We’re talking about very very hostile people. These are people that are now saying, ‘We have 40,000 American hostages. What are we going to do with them.’ That’s the way they think,” Trump said about the Taliban.
“And if you think this ended yesterday, if you think there’s ended yesterday, you haven’t seen anything. And this is going to be nothing compared to Jimmy Carter with his hostages. He lost because of it. Jimmy Carter with his hostages is a peanut – a good term when we’re talking about Jimmy Carter — it’s a peanut compared to what’s happening here. They have 40,000 people, not to mention all the other Afghans who we were supposed to help,” the former president said.
Trump said the military should have been the last to leave Afghanistan.
“This is like the captain jumping off the ship as the ship is thinking. He says I’m getting out of here – just forget the passengers. You take the people out first – and always the Americans first as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know, maybe I’m old fashioned, but always the Americans first,” he continued.
“And then we’ll take some people that helped us. But we can’t take hundreds of thousands of people, and then they have their families and that, and these were highly paid people, they were there, they knew what they were doing,” he said.
Trump said he wouldn’t have let the insurgents get their hands on any US materials.
“But you got to get your people out, and you got to get them out first. Then you take your equipment out, and after you take your equipment out, you bomb the hell out of the fort so nobody else can use them – because I was going to do that. I said I want every one of these forts – it will take a plane, two hours – and you bomb the hell out of them. Now they’re being used by the Taliban, it’s just not even believable,” he said.
Trump said the US left billions of dollars worth of equipment in the country in its rush to leave Afghanistan.
“The people have to come out of the country first. Then you got to get all your equipment. We have billions of dollars of equipment — they have brand new Blackhawk helicopters. They have everything. And last to come out has to be the soldiers, and I frankly would have bombed every one of the forts because I knew they weren’t going to let you do this,” he said.