(USA Features) The leader of the UK’s “Brexit” movement offered stern words of criticism for President Joe Biden on Wednesday, accusing him of giving into the Taliban in a way that no American president should ever do.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Farage, onetime head of the UK Independence Party, was incredulous that Biden would ignore pleas from NATO and the G7 not to pull out of Afghanistan so hastily and without consulting close allies like Great Britain.
“Amazing, isn’t it? The whole of the G7 begging the president to extend the deadline – but, no, no, no, because the Taliban and ISIS have threatened an American president and he’s decided to dance to their tune,” Farage said.
“I mean, what kind of man is this?” Farage went on, adding that if the U.S. needed Britain again soon for new military operations — say, to hunt down terrorists again — it would be a hard sell in his country under the current White House.
“Certainly – if it’s a Biden or Harris administration – honestly, there is no way, there is no way, a British Parliament, right now, would vote for military cooperation with America led by this administration,” he said.
After being asked what was America’s reputation right now on the global stage, Farage responded, “Never been worse.”
He said America’s reputation was made worse because Biden didn’t consult with anyone from NATO or the G7.
“For President Biden, unilaterally, without consultation with us or the rest of the NATO allies, just to announce that America is going, to effectively fly the white flag to the Taliban, to see that dramatic takeover by these barbarians of the country, we feel, frankly…right now why would we ever trust America in any international mission given they make decisions without consulting their closest friends?” Farage said.
Farage noted that President-elect Biden declared that he was kind and compassionate, and that “America is back” but he’s leaving thousands of American, British and European citizens behind “to goodness knows what fate.”
“I shudder to think what will happen to those left behind,” he added.
“And, here’s the real worry: there are going to be thousands, thousands, not just of Afghan interpreters, but of British and American and other European citizens who will be left behind in Afghanistan to goodness knows what fate,” the Brexit leader continued.
“And, here’s the worst part of this: The first job of the American president, just as the first job of the British prime minister, is to protect your own citizens,” said Farage.
“And this announcement of the American withdrawal was made without a thought to any individuals and they are the ones in the end who will pay a high price.
“So, I suspect between now and the deadline of the 31st the scenes at Kabul airport will get worse,” he said.
“After that, I shudder to think what will happen to those left behind – and this American president came in saying he was kind, compassionate, ‘America is back,’ do you remember the resonance of that message?” said Farage.
Administration officials appeared to admit on Tuesday that it won’t be possible to get all Americans out of the country before the deadline, which the Taliban has said they will not extend.