Donald Trump has lashed out at the Biden administration over the deadly terrorist attacks in Kabul, saying they should “never have been allowed to happen”.
Former United States president Donald Trump has targeted Joe Biden in a statement addressing the tragic deaths of American servicemen in a double terrorist attack on allied forces in Kabul.
Mr Trump expressed his and wife Melania’s deep condolences to the families of the 13 “brilliant and brave” US service members killed in Afghanistan on Thursday.
“Our thoughts are also with the the families of the innocent civilians who died today in the savage Kabul attack,” he added.
The deaths mark the largest American loss of life in the war-torn country in nearly a decade and the first casualties since February 2020.
Mr Trump further stated “this tragedy should never have been allowed to happen, which makes our grief even deeper and more difficult to understand.”
The former president has been very vocal in his criticism of Mr Biden over the handling of the escalating Afghanistan crisis, even going so far as to call on the US President to “resign in disgrace”.
In a statement made in recent weeks, Mr Trump accused Mr Biden of allowing COVID-19 to flood the US, and blamed him for the deterioration of the refugee-border crisis on top of the Taliban’s hostile takeover of Afghanistan.
In a lightening offensive, Taliban insurgents took control of the country within a matter of weeks as the US remains committed to completing its withdrawal by August 31.
The twin terror attacks today outside Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport claimed at least 73 lives – with the death toll tipped to rise – as the Pentagon braces for further attacks.
Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton doubled down on the heightened risk of violence on the ground in Kabul, telling the federal parliament on Thursday the situation was “dire” and “deteriorating”.
He advised that people not swarm the gates of the airport and rather should “move immediately from that area and that they should not be in areas of large gatherings.”
Mr Biden also issued a stark warning to Islamic State affiliate ISIS K – which claimed responsibility for the attack – saying America “will forgive, we will not forget”.
“We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said a press conference on Thursday night (local time).
“I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command.”