Trump says Biden's plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan is a 'wonderful and positive thing to do'

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  • Donald Trump praised President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
  • He called it a “wonderful and positive thing” and urged Biden to withdraw the troops even sooner.
  • Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted that he “could not disagree more” with the former president.
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Former President Donald Trump has praised President Joe Biden’s plan to withdraw all remaining US troops from Afghanistan as a “wonderful and positive thing to do,” drawing criticism from some Republicans.

Biden on Wednesday formally announced that he planned to withdraw all troops stationed in Afghanistan by September 11, bringing an end to what he called “America’s longest war.”

Trump praised the decision, but urged the president to pull troops out before the symbolic September 11 deadline, which marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks that prompted the start of US involvement in a decades-long conflict in Afghanistan.

“Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible,” Trump said in a statement Sunday.

Trump’s praise for the pullout drew condemnation from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who tweeted that “I could not disagree more” with the former president.

“With all due respect to former President Trump, there is nothing ‘wonderful’ or ‘positive’ about allowing safe havens and sanctuary for terrorists to reemerge in Afghanistan or see Afghanistan be drawn back into another civil war,” he tweeted.

An estimated 3,500 US troops are serving in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported.

Biden on Wednesday formally announced his plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, saying it was “time to end America’s longest war.”

“I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth,” he said.

Lawmakers have been divided on the wisdom of the move. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the plan was “careful and thought-out,” but several top Republicans condemned it.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the plan, saying US troops in Afghanistan had “helped keep radical Islamic terrorism in check.”

“Apparently, we’re to help our adversaries ring in the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by gift-wrapping the country and handing it right back to them,” McConnell said.