(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump demanded that President Joe Biden to resign on Sunday as the Taliban besiege the Afghan capital of Kabul and U.S. military forces rush to evacuate American diplomatic personnel.
The ex-president’s call comes as Biden has remained largely silent, issuing boilerplate Twitter responses and casually telling the country he will provide the nation an update on the situation “in a couple of days.”
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president said in a statement issued from his Save America PAC.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal, because he wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!“ Trump jabbed.
In an earlier email blast, Trump, who set in motion withdrawing from the country under certain conditions before he left office, said that what has occurred in Afghanistan now would not have happened under his watch.
“I personally had discussions with top Taliban leaders whereby they understood what they are doing now would not have been acceptable,” he said, according to published reports.
In a Friday tweet, the former president could not help gloating somewhat, either.
“Tragic mess in Afghanistan, a completely open and broken Border, Crime at record levels, oil prices through the roof, inflation rising, and taken advantage of by the entire world–DO YOU MISS ME YET?” Trump said in a statement that was tweeted by his director of communications, Margo Martin.
Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News on Thursday that there was a plan for withdrawing in an orderly manner.
“We had a conditions-based plan for how we would get our young men and women back home,” he said.
“We were going to get our soldiers back, and we were going to make sure that this kind of thing you are seeing happened today could not happen, which is a breeding ground for what could potentially be terror attacks coming from this very place,” he added.
Biden had not commented on the crisis since Tuesday, the New York Post reported, ahead of this weekend, when he departed for Camp David, in Maryland.
On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the president “must immediately focus all efforts on making sure there is a plan to safely extract all American service members and civilians still remaining in Afghanistan.”
“He also owes the American public an answer on what he plans to do to make sure the region doesn’t turn into a breeding ground for more violent extremism that will lead to large-scale global attacks of terrorism,” McCarthy added.
A top aide to McCarthy, Chad Gilmartin, tweeted Thursday, “President Biden spent about 48 hours working at the White House this week. Biden returned from Delaware Tuesday afternoon and just departed back to Delaware for another long weekend…”
He added: “Will President Biden find time during his long weekend vacation to comment on his decision to send 3,000 troops to help evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan?”