The former President Donald Trump just made the shocking revelation that during his time in office, he threatened to “obliterate” one of the co-founders of the Taliban, going so far as to send him a photo of his house.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that aired on Thursday night, Trump recalled forcing the terrorist group’s co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar to back down from plans to take over Afghanistan and target American soldiers. Trump told Baradar, who is now the prime minister of Afghanistan, that he would “hit you harder than any country has ever been hit” if they dared to do anything.
“Under my conversations with Abdul, who’s the leader of the Taliban, for 18 months, we didn’t lose one soldier,” Trump said, adding that he threatened to “obliterate” the jihadist if he didn’t do what he said.
“Didn’t you at one point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates where he was?'” Hannity asked.
“No,” Trump replied. “I sent him a picture of his house.’ ‘He said, ‘But why but why do you send me a picture of my house?’ I said, ‘You have to figure that one out.'”
“I said, ‘If you do anything, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit,'” Trump continued. “He said, ‘I understand, your Excellency.'”
“I’m the one who got it down to very few soldiers. I wanted to get out,” Trump explained, referring to the last 2,500 U.S. service members who remained in Afghanistan once his presidency ended. “We would have had a very similar schedule, but I would have taken the military out last.”
Trump went on to say that he had a plan for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan that would have been far less frenzied than the one that happened under Joe Biden.
“I would have taken the best equipment in the world military equipment, $85 billion worth of military equipment we left behind,” Trump said emphatically. “And by the way, 13 soldiers were killed.”
Trump was referring to the 13 Marines who were killed in an explosion while trying to evacuate U.S. citizens and allies as the Taliban took over the Afghan city of Kabul. Biden was heavily criticized for the botched security situation that left the Kabul Airport vulnerable to this suicide bombing, which also killed 170 Afghan civilians, on top of the 13 U.S. service members, in August of last year, according to Daily Mail.
Weeks after the attack, Trump spoke out to slam Biden for leaving U.S. military equipment in the hands of the Taliban, calling on the U.S. to bomb Afghanistan.
“We should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it,” he said at the time.
When asked by Hannity how fast he could get America back on track if he becomes president again in 2024, Trump replied by saying “very quickly,” except for the migrants who he said have “poisoned” the U.S.
“Millions and millions of people have poisoned our country,” Trump said.
When it comes to his 2024 plans, Trump told Hannity that he could not “legally” tell him. However, he made sure to say that he would still rather see Biden succeed as president, even if it means losing to him in 2024.
“I would rather have him succeed incredibly, even if it meant a much tougher– and maybe even a loss,” he said. “I want to see what’s good for the country.”
Now that’s putting America first!