The presidency of Joe Biden has been catastrophic for America’s international posture, the former US president, Donald Trump, claimed at a Heritage Foundation event in Florida on Thursday. The hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan has made Washington weak in the eyes of its adversaries, including China, Russia and Iran, he believes.
“China no longer respects us, Iran no longer fears us and, with their monstrous invasion of Ukraine, Russia showed just how weak they think our leaders are,” Trump said during the event, adding that such developments have brought America to “the most dangerous period in the history of our country right now.”
The former president blamed it all on the hasty pullout from Afghanistan that saw the Taliban taking over the country in a sweeping offensive. “Our nation has been humiliated in Afghanistan, where we had soldiers killed, left American hostages behind and left … American military hardware,” Trump explained. “We surrendered.”