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Kabul airport attack would not have happened in my presidency: boasts Trump

While speaking at a radio show, Trump boasts that Kabul airport attacks and US botched Afghan exit would not have happened in his presidency. He added that his administration had killed "big militants" and ensured the US dignity.

Former US president Donald Trump appeared on Fox News on Thursday night and told host Sean Hannity that the Kabul airport attack “would not have happened if I was your president.”

As the U.S. grapples with its withdrawal from Afghanistan, where it launched a near-20-year war in response to the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans, former president appeared on a conservative radio talk show hosted by Hugh Hewitt. The talk took place the same day 13 U.S. troops were killed in at the Kabul airport attack yesterday. The Islamic State group has taken credit for the bombings.

Greatest foreign policy humiliation; Trump assails Biden administration

Trump, known for mincing no words, last week accused the Biden administration for the “botched exit” from Afghanistan which brought “great humiliation to US foreign policy” in the US history. He spoke to the boisterous rally packed with his supporters last week near Cullman, Alabama, “Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time”.

Read more: Trump slams Biden for botched Afghan retreat and bringing US great humiliation

My administration killed “bigger militants”; Trump boasts

The former president  appeared on a conservative radio show Thursday where he claimed Osama bin Laden “only had one hit. Former president Donald Trump — about two weeks before the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — downplayed the threat Osama bin Laden posed to the U.S., falsely claiming the 9/11 mastermind had just “one hit.” He also said his administration killed “bigger” terrorists.

Trump boasted about a 2019 raid that took out that terror group’s former leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, along with a 2020 airstrike that killed prominent Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. Both leaders, Trump told Hewitt on Thursday, were “bigger by many, many times,” than bin Laden.

He also spoke how on January 2020, his administration ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani outside an airport in Baghdad. This move  dramatically escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Soleimani led Iran’s Quds Force, which backed militias in Iraq fighting U.S. troops. The group also took part in a plot to kill a Saudi diplomat at a Washington restaurant.

Since the Taliban rapidly overtook Afghanistan this month, prompting a frantic evacuation process for U.S. citizens and allies, Trump has sent out several statements bashing President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal. Also, he reminded that Kabul airport attack and the US evacuation is “the most embarrassing moment for our military and for our country ” at the Hewitt’s show.