The world views the U.S. as “weak and stupid” following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, former President Donald Trump said Monday.
Biden has faced waves of criticism after his promised “safe and orderly” withdrawal from Afghanistan played out as a frantic and deadly withdrawal, leaving more than 100 U.S. citizens stranded in the country alongside tens of thousands of Afghan allies and refugees. Trump argues the withdrawal made the U.S. both far less secure against foreign terrorism and less respected on the global stage.
“Our Country is far more susceptible to attack by outside terrorist groups than ever before. Our enemies all over the World are inspired by what just happened in Afghanistan—the removal of the Military first, and our ‘gift’ of $85 billion in Military equipment,” Trump said in a statement. “We are no longer respected after the pathetic and incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan. It will be a long time before we gain our reputation back.”
“Just nine months ago, the United States was viewed as being strong, and now we are being viewed as weak and stupid,” he added. (RELATED: ‘We The People Seek Accountability’: Ousted Marine LTC Slams ‘American Leadership,’ Sets Resignation Date For 9/11)
“I say this with a heavy heart and with horror over what is happening, but the early withdrawal was a serious and far-reaching miscalculation by the current administration,” Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign relations committee, said in August. “This does fundamental damage to the political and moral credibility of the West.”