During a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Donald Trump remarked that the U.S. military could win the 18-year war in Afghanistan in 10 days but that the country would be “wiped off the face of the earth” in doing so, he also referred to when in 2017, America dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan and said that dropping more of them would be the “easy solution” to ending the conflict there.
The spokesman for Afghanistan Preaident, Sediq Sediqqi, reacted strongly to the remarks. He said that, “The Afghan nation has not and will never allow any foreign power to determine its fate,” and asked for clarifications from the US government.
The remarks from President Trump came as a tense and confrontational meeting was taking place in Kabul between the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
During the meeting, Afghan officials said Trump’s comments were “unacceptable,” given the relationship between the US and Afghanistan.
President Trump comments also drew condemnation from the Taliban, marking a rare topic of agreement for the insurgent group and the Afghan government.
A spokesman for the Taliban condemned Trump’s remarks as “irresponsible.”
“Trump’s policy that he does not want to play the role of a police officer in Afghanistan and that this war against an entire nation cannot be won so long as they are alive is something positive,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
“However, his claim that he can wipe out Afghanistan, kill 10 million Afghans and win this war through such a method is irresponsible and we condemn it in the strongest terms.”
Mujahid said, “America has never shown restraint in killing the Afghans over the past 18 years and has used all weapons of mass destruction including the Mother of All Bombs. Yet the 18 years of force proved that the policy of aggression and tyranny is fruitless and demonstrates ignorance regarding why Afghanistan is called the Graveyard of Empires.”
The Taliban spokesman added that Trump should focus on “finding a peaceful and rational solution” and consider a negotiation plan.