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Former President Donald Trump blasted President Biden for pushing the deadline to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan to Sept. 11 — saying it “should remain a day of reflection and remembrance.”
Trump argued in a statement Sunday that the US “can and should” pull out the final 2,500 troops ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“September 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost,” he said. “Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do.”
Trump urged Biden to “keep as close” as possible to his own goal of getting the troops out on May 1.
“I made early withdraw possible by already pulling much of our billions of dollars of equipment out and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there (likewise in Iraq, and zero troops in Syria except for the area where we KEPT THE OIL),” he said.
Biden had previously suggested that Trump’s withdrawal date of May 1 would be hard to meet because of “tactical reasons.”
He announced his plan Wednesday to pull out all American forces by this Sept. 11, saying the US cannot continue to pour resources into a “forever war.”
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” he said.
“I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”
With Post wires
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