Donald Trump didn’t hold back when it came to placing the blame for the crisis in Afghanistan, which saw the Taliban overthrow the government and take control of the country in August. Trump pointed the finger firmly at two presidents; Joe Biden and George W. Bush.
Trump shared his candid thoughts on Fox News while speaking with Sean Hannity on August 17, calling the decision to send troops to the territory in the wake of 9/11 “the worst decision in the history of our country,” adding the U.S. “destroyed the Middle East” and “the Bush family will not be happy.” He continued, “It’s cost us trillions of dollars, millions and millions of lives. It’s worse than what it was,” as he described how the situation has been handled by President Joe Biden “the greatest embarrassment in the history of our country.”
“It is a terrible time for our country. I don’t think in all of the years our country has ever been so humiliated,” Trump, who called for Biden to resign over Afghanistan, then continued. “I don’t know what you call it — a military defeat or a psychological defeat, there has never been anything like what’s happened here.”
Bush was the president who initially sent troops to the Middle East. An Insider poll found that more Americans blame Bush for the situation in Afghanistan than any of the presidents that have followed him.