KEY POINTS

  • The former president claimed the problems facing the U.S. mounted under Biden's watch
  • Biden said he refuses to "pass this war" to his successor
  • The Taliban have taken control of the Afghan presidential palace

Former President Donald Trump has called on President Joe Biden to step down from his post as the Taliban take control of Afghanistan. 

In a statement Sunday, Trump blamed the current situation in Afghanistan on Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops by Sept. 11. He also claimed that the problems facing the U.S. have mounted under his successor’s watch. 

“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” Trump wrote, according to the New York Post.

“It shouldn’t be a big deal, because he wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!” Trump added, referring to his previous claims that there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 elections. 

On Sunday, the Taliban took control of the Afghan government and military after the presidential palace was “handed over” to the extremist group. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the militants later proclaimed that “war is over” and urged for peaceful relations with foreign governments. 

“Today is a great day for the Afghan people and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years,” Mohammad Naeem, the Taliban’s spokesman, said, according to Al Jazeera. “Thanks to God, the war is over in the country.”

Thousands of people were Monday trying to escape Kabul and the feared hardline brand of Islamic rule of the Taliban, with scenes of chaos as crowds gathered at the airport.

Over the weekend, Biden defended his decision to withdraw American troops deployed in Afghanistan, saying he refuses to “pass this war” to his successor. 

“I faced a choice — follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies’ Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict,” he said, according to The Washington Times. “I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan — two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth.”

The Taliban are expected to announce plans to rename the country to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 

Taliban fighters are seen in Afghanistan's Laghman province -- the militants are effectively in power after the country's president Ashraf Ghani fled Taliban fighters are seen in Afghanistan's Laghman province -- the militants are effectively in power after the country's president Ashraf Ghani fled Photo: AFP / -