- A Taliban representative said the group supported the re-election of President Donald Trump on Friday, according to CBS News.
- “When we heard that Trump was COVID-19 positive, we were concerned about his health, but it seems he is getting better,” said a senior leader.
- Tim Murtaugh, the campaign leader for Trump’s re-election, told Insider he had declined to approve the group.
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A Taliban representative said the group supported the re-election of President Donald Trump on Friday, according to CBS News.
“We hope that he wins the election and ends the US military presence in Afghanistan,”
Mujahid reportedly added that he approved of the Trump campaign slogan “America first”. Trump has mentioned the phrase in numerous speeches during his presidency and campaign.
“It’s been Trump’s slogan from the start that they aren’t cops for the world and don’t want a single flag and anthem for the globe, but their priority is America,” Mujahid told CBS News.
Another senior group leader said he became concerned after the U.S. president tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.
“When we heard that Trump was COVID-19 positive, we were concerned about his health, but it appears he is doing better,” the executive told CBS News.
A senior Taliban member reportedly added: “Trump may be ridiculous to the rest of the world, but he is a sensible and wise man for the Taliban.”
Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump’s re-election, vehemently denied the group’s statements and ripped off former Vice President Joe Biden’s tenure.
“We reject their support and the Taliban should know that the president will always protect American interests by any means necessary, unlike Joe Biden who refused to take out Osama bin Laden and Qassem Soleimani,” Murtaugh said in a statement to insiders.
The terrorist organization’s statements come when Trump announced on Wednesday that he wanted to completely withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Christmas time.
“We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE men and women serving at home in Afghanistan by Christmas,” Trump tweeted.
It is unclear how many U.S. forces are left in the country. However, the US Central Command, the military command responsible for the region, had previously announced that it would expect around 4,500 soldiers in Afghanistan by November.
Following Trump’s tweet, Mujahid described the move as “a very positive move,” according to the Washington Post.
U.S. military officials were surprised by Trump’s Twitter announcement, which prevailed throughout his presidency. Republican lawmakers and former military leaders also expressed frustration at the time of the withdrawal, leading many to speculate that the terrorist group would skyrocket after the US withdrawal.
Meanwhile, peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are ongoing. In February, the United States signed a peace agreement that included steps to withdraw all forces from the country in exchange for security guarantees. However, the effectiveness of the peace deal has been called into question due to the continuing violence against the Afghan armed forces by the Taliban.