Retired colonel and CNN military analyst Cedric Leighton said Friday that President Donald Trump could wind up getting the president of Afghanistan killed by an “emboldened ISIS” if he proceeds with his troop drawdown.
Leighton said withdrawing troops would “open up a can of worms”, with everyone from the Iranians to the Russians to the Turks rushing “to take advantage of the vacuum.”
“The fact that we’re leaving is pulling the pressure off of this pot that’s boiling, and this boiling pot is going to run over very quickly in that area,” Leighton said. “As far as Afghanistan is concerned, I think we’re going to see a situation where the Taliban is going to become emboldened, ISIS that is active in Afghanistan is going to become emboldened, and it’s going to be very difficult for the regime of Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president, to not only continue the fight, but to survive.”
Trump blasted for flinging ‘nasty’ insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he suffered a White House ‘meltdown’
President Donald Trump reportedly suffered a meltdown during a Wednesday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.
Trump reportedly lectured and insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
"I would also say one other thing. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker," Schumer told reporters after the meeting ended because Trump was too "shaken."
Biden finally unloads on Trump for smearing his son: ‘Release your tax returns or shut up’
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump for an ongoing attack on his son Hunter.
At a press conference in Ohio, Biden was asked if he had done enough to stop his son from taking a retainer from a company in Ukraine.
But the former vice president insisted that "corruption" in Trump's government should be the immediate focus.
"He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America," Biden charged. "He is running the most corrupt government in the history of the United States of America."
Biden then turned to the camera as if he were speaking directly to Trump.
‘Madman behavior’: CNN panel aghast at Trump’s latest insane statements on Turkey and the Kurds
President Donald Trump on Wednesday waved off criticisms of his abrupt withdrawal from Syria by saying that the Kurds are "no angels" and that they were being "protected" now by a Syrian government that has allegedly used chemical weapons against its own citizens.
The president also said that the fighting going on right now between the Kurds and the Turkish military was not America's problem, despite the fact that he dispatched both Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ankara with the goal of negotiating a ceasefire.