Biden snubs allies, bows to Taliban’s preferred withdrawal deadline: ‘An absolute disgrace’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Taliban must allow departures from Afghanistan after August 31, just moments before news broke on Tuesday that President Biden will stick to the Taliban’s preferred deadline.
“The number one condition we’re setting as G7 is that [the Taliban has] got to guarantee right the way through, through August 31 and beyond, safe passage for those who want to come out,” Johnson said in a statement. “Some of them will say that they don’t accept that, some of them I hope will see the sense of that, because the G7 has very considerable leverage, economic, diplomatic, and political.”
The Group of Seven (G7) originated in 1975 and includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the European Union. President Joe Biden, however, reportedly broke with other G7 member states and said the United States would evacuate by August 31, delivering what some are calling yet another “snub” to U.S. allies.
Before Johnson’s announcement, a spokesman for the Taliban said the G7 would need to evacuate by the August 31 deadline.
“They are capable of evacuating their citizens and troops by August 31,” the Taliban spokesman said. “All people should be removed prior to that date. After that, we do not allow them. We will take a different stance.”
Former President Donald Trump slammed Biden for his response to the Taliban takeover.
“Biden’s biggest mistake was not understanding that the Military has to be the last out the door, not first out the door. Civilians and equipment go first, and then when everyone and everything is out, the Military goes,” Trump said in a statement. “So simple, and yet it wasn’t done. Tragic!” He added.
“Biden surrendered Afghanistan to terrorists and left thousands of Americans for dead by pulling out the military before our citizens. Now that out of the 26,000 people who have been evacuated, only 4,000 are Americans,” Trump said in another statement. “You can be sure the Taliban, who are now in complete control, didn’t allow the best and brightest to board those evacuation flights.”
Users online have also panned Biden over his evacuation decision.
“This is outrageous. The Taliban demanded all U.S. troops be out by August 31. And now Biden confirms that’s his plan. Even though Americans are still stranded. The President of the United States of America is now taking orders from the Taliban. What an absolute disgrace,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) wrote in a tweet.
“JUST IN – Biden – despite pressure from G7 leaders – will stick to the August 31 deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which the Taliban again called for today,” an account for Disclose TV wrote in a tweet.
“Joe Biden just caved to the Taliban’s August 31 deadline. If President Trump were there, the ‘deadline’ would’ve been the day every single American is home – and not a second before. And you can bet there would’ve been repercussions for the Taliban otherwise,” Mark Meadows wrote in a tweet.
President Biden’s staff have not responded to the Independent Chronicle’s request for comment.