Former US president Donald Trump uses the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to slam the “horrible” withdrawal from Afghanistan and the “incompetence” of Joe Biden’s administration during the frenzied end to America’s longest war.
“It’s a horrible thing that took place, a horrible, horrible thing,” Trump says in televised comments during a visit to the New York Police Department’s 17th precinct.
“It looked like we retreated, it looked like we gave up. Like, they use the word ‘surrender,'” he tells officers at the precinct, referring to the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan last month following the Taliban takeover of the country.
“And we didn’t surrender, our people didn’t surrender and our soldiers sure as hell didn’t surrender,” he says.
Trump did not attend the formal 9/11 anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero in New York, as did Biden and former US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Trump is currently returning to Florida to provide ringside commentary at the fight between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Brazilian mixed martial arts star Vitor Belfort.