Former President Donald Trump has been increasingly chiming in with his two cents as the Biden Administration navigates the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, which has sunk the region into turmoil, as feared. In essence, Trump is attempting to create a narrative in which he would have handled the Afghanistan exit far better, but he continues running into the issue of not knowing what he’s talking about. (Praising the Taliban, with whom Trump struck a terrible withdrawal deal, hasn’t helped his argument, either.)
Trump made a strange brag on The Hugh Hewitt Show on Thursday morning, right before terrorists stormed the Kabul airport, that he killed bigger terrorists than Osama Bin Laden during his presidency. Not only was the remark a clear jab at the Obama administration, which had succeeded in killing Bin Laden, but it was also absurdly wrong, as is typical of Trump. Via Mediaite:
“Now just so you understand, Soleimani is bigger by many, many times than Osama bin Laden,” Trump said. “The founder of ISIS is bigger by many, many times, al-Baghdadi, than Osama bin Laden.”
“Osama bin Laden had one hit, and it was a bad one, in New York City, the World Trade Center. But these other two guys were monsters,” Trump said. Bin Laden ordered a number of terrorist attacks against the United States, including two attacks on the World Trade Center, the first of which occurred in 1993.
This wasn’t Trump’s only clumsy comment in an attempt to bolster his anti-terrorist credentials, to no one’s surprise. Trump repeatedly referred to the new offshoot of ISIS-K as ISIS-X while speaking on Hannity later that evening. Given that this latest edition of ISIS arose during his presidency, you’d think the man who claims to be the only one capable of defeating ISIS would be familiar with the group’s name, but evidently not.