A page from the Republican Party’s website that used to tout former President Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban appears to be down, as are hundreds of other posts.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a new website earlier in August, according to Mike Reed, deputy chief of staff at the Republican National Committee.
The page, titled “President Trump Is Bringing Peace To The Middle East,” detailed Trump’s efforts in furthering the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo and the deal with the Taliban.
The webpage displays a “404 error” message as of Monday morning, and will reappear once the page, like many others, for the RNC finishes transferring from the old site to the new one, according to the RNC’s spokesperson.
Reed said that claims the page was removed were baseless.
“We launched a new website last week… some of the old posts haven’t been carried over yet,” he said.
“Go look… all blog/research pieces from years ago aren’t there. But good try attempting to divert attention from the folks actually in charge of this disaster,” Reed added.
I did the work so you don’t have to.
After repeatedly clicking “read more” under the “RAPID RESPONSE, RESEARCH & BLOGS” section of the RNC’s website, I got to the oldest post — from Jan. 1, so the RNC’s explanation checks out.
— Quinn Scanlan (@quinnscanlan) August 16, 2021
This is obviously material from 2020 that stayed online for a while, not a new statement from June 2021. It just jumped out to me as an example of how politically popular withdrawal was until this weekend. RNC didn’t scramble to delete it, it was just left up before site updates.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 16, 2021
The February 2020 deal — which outlined the pace and conditions of the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, along with the commitments of the Taliban regarding control over the spread of terrorism on the Afghan soil — was praised on the webpage as a “historic peace agreement … which would end America’s longest war.”
The Taliban advanced into the capital city of Kabul after the democratically elected president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. (RELATED: Taliban Reaches Kabul, Reportedly Plan To Declare ‘Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan’)
The U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense (DOD) announced Sunday that a total of about 6,000 troops would be temporarily deployed to Afghanistan to ensure the safe evacuation of American citizens.