Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden Sunday for announcing September 11 as the planned date to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing they should leave earlier.
“Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible,” the former president wrote in a statement.
Trump’s statement came in response to Biden’s announcement last week that U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan by Sept. 11, ending the nation’s longest war. However, the date breaks Trump’s previous plan to leave by May 1.
“We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021,” Biden said. “We were attacked, we went to war with clear goals,” he added.
“We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida is degraded in Afghanistan, and it’s time to end this forever war,” Biden continued.
More than 100,000 U.S. troops served in Afghanistan at its peak in 2011. By the start of 2021, only 2,500 Armed Forces personnel remain.
Not all Republicans are happy with Biden’s decision. Some, such as Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called the move dangerous, as the decision was not based on any conditions with the Afghanistan government.
The nation will mark 20 years from the tragedy of 9/11 on Sept. 11 of this year. The U.S. began its invasion of Afghanistan Oct. 20, 2001.