FORMER President Donald Trump accused his successor of showing “tremendous disrespect” for checking his watch as 13 fallen US service members’ coffins killed in last week’s suicide bomb in Afghanistan were solemnly carried off an airplane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
“Tremendous disrespect was paid by Biden when he kept looking at his watch over and over again – every time a coffin came off the plane, he was looking at his watch,” the 45th president said of Sunday’s transfer ceremony.
“The parents and the relatives are angry, as they should be,” he continued during an interview with Clay Travis and Buck Sexton on their podcast show.
Biden was present at the Air Force base to salute and receive the 13 fallen service members killed following the ISIS-K suicide bombing at Kabul airport on August 26.
The Islamic State affiliate known as ISIS-K took credit for the bloodshed which occurred at the Hamid Karzai International Airport entrance where countless Afghans and Americans were trying to flee the country before the Aug. 31 deadline for all US forces to withdraw.
‘MOST DISRESPECTFUL THING’
Some of the troops’ relatives felt insulted by Biden’s actions.
Darin Hoover, the father of Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover said he saw the president check his watch every single time an American flag-draped coffin was removed from the hold of the plane.
“They would release the salute and he looked down at his watch on every last one,” Hoover said, according to the New York Post.
“All 13, he looked down at his watch.”
Mark Schmitz was there to receive his 20-year-old son Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz also died in the attack.
He too was lost on Biden’s concern with his timepiece.
“I actually leaned into my son’s mother’s ear and I said, ‘I swear to God, if he checks his watch one more time…’” Schmitz said.
“And that was only probably four times in. I couldn’t look at him anymore after that, just considering, especially, the time and why we were there.
“I found it to be the most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen.”
‘BOMBED THE HELL OUT OF THEM’
The former Commander-in-Chief who brokered the peace deal with the Taliban last year to bring back American forces from the longest conflict claimed had he been in power, the execution would have been completely different.
“It would’ve been the exact opposite,” Trump said.
“We were in perfect shape,” he added.
The deal was forged in Doha, Qatar and involved US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
“Abdul – he’s now the head guy – he was the one I was dealing with [when] I said there would be hell to pay if you touch any American soldiers or Americans,” said Trump, referring to Taliban leader and the country’s most powerful de facto head of state Abdul Ghani-Baradar,” Fox News reported.
When the Taliban apparently strayed from the terms of the deal they signed, Trump suggested they paid a price.
“They didn’t meet some of them (conditions) so we bombed the hell out of them,” Trump told the radio show hosts.
Trump said the pullout under his watch would have been orderly and unlike Biden, he would have destroyed or figured out a way to recoup the $85billion worth of dollars worth of abandoned military armaments that are now in the hands of the Taliban.
“I said I want every nail, every screw, every tank, every plane – those planes are in very good working order – you look at Apaches they coast a fortune – tens of millions,” Trump said.
He was ashamed that the Taliban were seen posing in American gear and showing off their new weaponry after the Afghan government fell and didn’t engage in a battle with the insurgent Islamic group.
“It’s just disgraceful – I think it’s the greatest embarrassment in the history of our country,” he said.