Going into Middle East was the worst decision in the history of US: Trump

WASHINGTON (PEN) – Former US president Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed the George W Bush-led administration for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and termed the US administration’s decision “to go into the Middle East” as the “worst decision in history.”

In interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump said: “Think of it, we took this horrible place, it was the worst decision to go into the Middle East, I know the Bush family will not be happy but I believe it was the worst decision in the history of our country when we decided to go into the Middle East.”

To a question regarding US administration’s agreement with the Taliban in the south Asian nation last year in terms of territorial control.

While explaining how his administration “got rid of the ISIS caliphate,” Trump digressed to blame Bush and said that the ongoing situation in Afghanistan has brought the US military a bad reputation. “…We have the greatest military in the world and we are giving it a very bad reputation with what’s happening,” he said.

Trump said: “It’s turned out to be quicksand. We’ve destroyed the Middle East, you think it’s better now than it was 20-21 years ago, it’s much worse. It was a horrible decision and cost us trillions of dollars.”

During the show, Trump also had strong words for Afghanistan s former president Ashraf Ghani — who fled Afghanistan this weekend — calling him a “total crook” who “got away with murder.”

“I wanted (the Taliban) to get a deal done with the Afghan government,” Trump said. “Now, I never had a lot of confidence, frankly, in Ghani. I said that openly and plainly I thought he was a total crook.”