Fox News co-host Kayleigh McEnany parroted the GOP’s recent attempt to memory hole the Trump administration’s role within the destabilizing collapse of Afghanistan, loudly declaring on Monday that the Taliban shortly seizing management of the Afghan capital of Kabul “would have by no means occurred” underneath President Donald Trump.
Because the Taliban’s sweeping takeover of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops—which has resulted in the chaotic evacuation of American diplomats and Afghan refugees—a number of former Trump officials (together with Trump himself) have sought to lay all of the blame solely at the Biden administration’s feet.
The chastising and finger-pointing has taken place although it was the Trump administration that negotiated the “historic” peace settlement with the Taliban that known as for the entire withdrawal of American troops by Might 1. (The Biden administration really prolonged the withdrawal till the tip of August.)
Moreover, Crew Trump additionally agreed to the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, lots of whom instantly rejoined the struggle. The previous president additionally negotiated the release of Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from a Pakistan prison three years in the past, believing Baradar could help broker peace with the Taliban. Baradar, who posed in footage with ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo simply 9 months in the past, is now poised to be the brand new chief of Afghanistan.
Throughout Monday’s broadcast of Fox Information’ noon panel present Outnumbered, nevertheless, McEnany and Fox Information anchor Harris Faulkner each advised that the state of affairs in Afghanistan could be far totally different if Trump was nonetheless in workplace.
“Kayleigh, this isn’t how the final president left the state of affairs,” Faulkner stated, including: “It could have been good to get all our folks again shortly. As an alternative, that is protracted.”
“Let me be categorical in saying this,” McEnany, previously Trump’s White Home press secretary, replied. “This is able to have by no means occurred underneath President Donald J. Trump! It could not have!”
After citing the Trump administration’s navy responses in Iran and Syria as the reason why she believes the Taliban—who endorsed Trump for re-election as a result of they felt he would shortly withdraw troops—would have “revered our commander-in-chief,” she claimed we “do not need a commander-in-chief proper now.”
Faulkner, in the meantime, famous that President Joe Biden was scheduled to talk to the general public concerning the state of affairs in Afghanistan later within the afternoon, questioning aloud if that modified McEnany’s view in any respect.
“No! Too little, too late,” McEnany exclaimed.
McEnany’s various historical past lesson on Afghanistan comes because the Republican Celebration itself just recently scrubbed a webpage that praised Trump for reaching a “historic peace settlement with the Taliban.” The assertion additionally boasted that whereas Trump has “championed peace,” then-presidential candidate Biden had pushed “countless wars.” The web page additionally claimed the previous president had “taken motion to defeat ISIS and eradicate harmful leaders.”