Taliban forces taking control of Afghanistan have led to multiple fingers being pointed at the United States. The President of the United States (POTUS) Joe Biden has been blamed by former President Donald Trump for the situation in Afghanistan. Trump blamed Biden for everything from a surge in COVID-19 cases to the failure to peacefully withdraw from the war-torn country.

Still banned from most social media platforms, Trump released a statement on Sunday, August 15 calling on Biden to resign. He claims that the surge in COVID-19 infection, border crisis, economic crisis and “destruction of energy independence” was the POTUS’ fault.

In addition to these issues, Trump stated that Biden was responsible for the collapse of the government in Afghanistan. Aside from tossing blame at his 2020 election opponent, the former president claimed that Biden was not the real elected leader of the country. He tried to reignite the claims that voter fraud led to the current POTUS defeating him in the race for office.

Trump labeled the Taliban takeover as “one of the greatest defeats in American history”. He urged Biden to regain for allowing it to happen.

While Trump blamed the messy withdrawal of the US forces on Biden, in April he was the one who had pushed for it to be expedited. Biden’s planned on progressively withdrawing the troops from Afghanistan. He wanted the troops to fully withdraw from the country by Sept. 11, 2021, marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York Times reported.

When he proposed his plan of withdrawal, Trump had voiced his opinion against it. In his April 18, statement he tried to take credit for expediting the withdrawal of the US armed forces from Afghanistan. Before the 2020 election, Trump had totted that his win would bring home the troops while Biden would continue the conflict in the middle-east.

He boasted that during his administration they had pulled out billions of dollars of equipment. They had also reduced military presence to merely 2,000 troops instead of 16,000. He also claimed that aside from keeping troops in oil-rich areas, the US armed forces had withdrawn from countries like Iraq and Syria. Trump had urged that Biden sticks to his May 1 withdrawal deadline.

The Independent reported that top US government officials said that the Taliban advancement took them off-guard. With the reduced international military presence, the Taliban forces were able to take control of the country.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the East Room of the White House August 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate has passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill with a vote of 69-30. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

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