In a statement released Monday in response to the chaotic and deteriorating situation in Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal, former President Donald Trump wondered why the Biden administration would withdraw troops "before evacuating civilians and others who have been good to our Country" and who want to "seek refuge."
"Under my leadership, all civilians and equipment would have been removed," Trump's statement read.
But Trump's critics on Twitter aren't buying his sudden concern for Afghan refugees.
The guy that instituted a Muslim ban, wanted to build a border wall, abandoned the Kurds and limited legal immigration was going to bring in Afghan refugees.
— Lori (@LoHoFran) August 16, 2021
This is very interesting because a good amount of his base are calling those civilians terrorists so I have a very hard time believing he is telling the truth here.
— Daniel Ford (@Djengo44) August 16, 2021
he and Stephen miller really need to coordinate their messages. right now they seem to be on opposite ends.
— Pat (@parisdog) August 16, 2021
Then why didn't he when he was President? JFC.
— Phillip Davis (@Phil_Davis_) August 16, 2021
🤔Wait didn't Trump want to ban all Muslims? Talk about the 25th amendment
— Get Vaccinated. (@MBershod) August 16, 2021
Lol, magically pro-refugee now after 5 years of rabid racism?
— DC (@ta06) August 16, 2021
Of course he is.
He wants to gloss over the fact that he could have been evacuating them during his administration and chose not to.
Just like he abandoned our Syrian allies...
— Independent. (@JeffSonich) August 16, 2021
so this is how he feels but when we discuss the Mexican border, he felt more outraged by the border officials having more work to do and wanted immigrants out of the country when they were looking for asylum....make it make sense donny
— Nicki Minaj Chart Updates (@tubzvin) August 16, 2021
Trump wants his Muslim Ban lifted all of the sudden. Go figure.
— Pasquale Buontempo (@BassickDC) August 16, 2021
As Forbes points out, Trump's newfound stance on Afghan refugees "represents a break with some of his closest allies, like former aide Stephen Miller, who, echoing Trump's long-held anti-immigrant views, has spoken out against taking in Afghan refugees."