“I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11th as the date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan,” Trump said in a statement released Sunday.
He cited “two reasons” why the historic date shouldn’t be used. The first was “we can and should get out earlier” because 19 years in Afghanistan is “far too much and way too long.”
Trump also cited that September 11 is a “a very sad event” and the “positive” move of bringing troops home would take away from the “day of reflection.”
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Trump’s statement comes as Biden announced recently that he would pulled 2,500 U.S. armed forces from Afghanistan between May 1 and September 11, defying the 14-month period established in a February 2020 agreement signed by President Donald Trump, U.S. NATO allies and the Taliban.
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“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,” Biden said in his speech Wednesday. “I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”
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