Nikkie Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and the former United Nations Ambassador for President Donald Trump, called President Joe Biden a coward for his handling of the U.S. withdrawal and subsequent evacuation of Afghanistan.
“I can’t believe what a coward Joe Biden has turned out to be,” Haley said in an appearance on Fox News’s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, on Wednesday. “This is a moralistic failure in a way that is unimaginable for the United States of America.”
During her interview, Haley alluded to the potential that U.S. citizens and Afghan allies who helped the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan could be left behind after the final U.S. troops leave the country.
“When those soldiers take off on that plane, knowing that there are American citizens on the ground, that is a mental anguish they are going to have for the rest of their lives,” Haley said.
“The idea that we would leave American citizens to die, the idea that we would leave [Afghan allies] who stood shoulder to shoulder with us and kept people like my husband and all of these soldiers alive because we made them a promise, the idea that Joe Biden is a coward because he doesn’t know what it means to have to serve, he doesn’t know that these soldiers would do anything to save those Americans citizens,” Haley continued. “This is a catastrophic failure. It’s a sad day for America. It’s Joe Biden’s most cowardly moment and it truly goes to show that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris do not deserve to lead this country. We’re better than this.”
MacCallum noted Biden had delayed a press conference scheduled for earlier in the day on Wednesday. MacCallum also noted the viral images of Taliban fighters dressing in captured western-style military gear, carrying U.S. M4 and M16 service rifles and driving around in U.S.-donated Humvees and other military vehicles.
“We have ways to destroy this equipment, to make sure that this equipment doesn’t fall into the wrong hands,” MacCallum said. “We all remember during the Bin Laden raid, the chopper that went down was then immediately destroyed so that the technology on it could not be used by the Taliban. What do you say to the lack of addressing this part of the story at this point?”
“It didn’t have to be this way,” Haley responded. “I am in awe Martha, that literally he gave up Bagram airbase, which was a major NATO hub, it was a huge intelligence hub for us and our allies, he gave away $85 billion of equipment and weapons to the Taliban.”
“I was watching with my husband yesterday, this video,” Haley said. “And we’re looking at this video and the Taliban, he said ‘those are our weapons.’ They were holding our weapons, they were riding in our vehicles and they were wearing our American uniforms and they were sitting there holding their hands with Al Qaeda, singing ‘death to America.’ This is a disgrace on a level we’ve never seen. This is a stain Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not recover from.”
“But this is bigger than [the stolen U.S. equipment]” Haley added. “How are we going to look an ally in the face again and tell them to trust us?”