Donald Trump claims he once threatened to ‘erase’ a Taliban leader, then followed up on the threat by sending him a satellite image of his home.
Trump’s comments came during an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity. He boasted of his ability to control the Taliban and keep American soldiers safe, unlike the disaster that accompanied the Biden administration.
The former president recalled a conversation he had with co-founder of the terrorist group Abdul Ghani Baradar. Baradar is now Afghan Deputy Prime Minister.
“From my conversations with Abdul, who is the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months we haven’t lost a single soldier,” Trump boasted, adding that he told him he would erase” if he did not follow orders in their negotiations to withdraw.
Hannity asked, “Didn’t you tell him at some point, ‘I know exactly where you are’ and give him the exact coordinates of where he was?” Hannity asked.
“No, I sent him a picture of his house,” Trump replied. “He said, ‘Why why are you sending me a picture of my house?’ I said, ‘You have to understand that one.’
Donald Trump threatened to erase the Afghan leader during tense talks when he was president, then followed up by sending the Taliban member a live satellite photo of his HOME#Donald #Asset #Afghan #chief #talks #President #Taliban #member #Satellite #Photo pic.twitter.com/RCPqXUFn7p
— Shahryar Sultan (@Shahryar_Sultan) September 23, 2022
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Trump threatens to oust Taliban leader
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Trump went on to talk about how his threat to wipe out the Taliban leader was a show of force that the terrorist organization took seriously.
“I said, ‘If you do anything, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit,'” Trump said.
History has been peppered with the usual bombshell and swipes at President Biden that we all come to expect. And it’s pretty hilarious.
“He said, ‘I understand, Your Excellency.’ He called me ‘Your Excellency’ – I don’t know if he’s calling Biden,” the former president said.
Trump says he threatened Taliban leader with chilling image of his home https://t.co/hnfOUaEWPR pic.twitter.com/31eRHjtnUw
— New York Post (@nypost) September 23, 2022
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Would have withdrawn troops more effectively than Biden
Trump then explained that the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan had begun under his administration and that he supported ending the two-decade war.
“I was the one who reduced it to very few soldiers. I wanted out,” he said.
But, he explained, he would have handled things differently.
“We would have had a very similar schedule, but I would have pulled out the military last,” Trump said, adding that he also wouldn’t have left “the best military equipment in the world” behind the Taliban.
Instead, the evacuation and ceding control of Afghanistan to the Taliban led to a suicide bombing killing 13 military personnel and hundreds of Americans being left behind in the enemy country for a significant period of time.
1/ #Afghanistan: IT’S CRAZY!!!
This video shows people clinging to a #USAirForce plane as it takes off from #Kabul airport
Later, at least 3 people died after clinging to this plane during takeoff, as shown in the following video.pic.twitter.com/ojERK6TdfU
— Indo-Pacific News – Geo-Politics & Military News (@IndoPac_Info) August 16, 2021
Last December, Trump hammered Gen. Mark Milley over the pullout from Afghanistan, calling the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “a fucking idiot.”
Asset talked to a crowd in Mar-a-Lago about the military planes and equipment left behind by the Taliban after the disastrous withdrawal.
He claimed that Milley told him it would be cheaper to leave the planes behind than to transport them elsewhere.
“That’s when I realized he was a fucking idiot,” Trump explained.
Trump on General Milley telling him to leave the military hardware in Afghanistan:
“That’s when I realized he was a fucking idiot.” pic.twitter.com/fPW0x379g3
—Benny Johnson | Meme-Attack Survivor ✊🏽✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻 (@bennyjohnson) December 5, 2021
“We lost 13 soldiers, and we also had a huge number of horribly injured soldiers – no legs, no arms, their faces in pieces,” Trump told Hannity.
An Army report found that several commanders involved in the operation testified under oath that the Biden administration failed to grasp the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, putting US troops in greater danger.
The report, first highlighted by the Washington Postrevealed what they call “grim and stark assessments by top military commanders” saying White House officials “failed to grasp the Taliban’s steady advance on the Afghan capital.”
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