In a Wednesday interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, former President Donald Trump revealed the strategy he used to keep the Taliban in check during his presidency.
Hannity asked Trump if he had threatened Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar.
“Didn’t you at one point tell him, ‘I know exactly where you are,’ and give him the exact coordinates where he was?” Hannity asked.
“No,” Trump said, “I sent him a picture of his house.”
Trump said Baradar asked him why he sent the photo.
“I said, ‘You’ll have to figure that one out.’ … From that point on we didn’t lose one soldier.”
Trump went even further with his threats to the terrorist leader.
“I said, ‘If you do anything, we’re going to hit you harder than any country has ever been hit.’ He said, ‘I understand, your excellency.’ … We didn’t lose one soldier in 18 months,” Trump said.
Baradar, or “Baradar the Butcher,” as he is sometimes referred to, is the co-founder of the Taliban and the acting first deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, according to the New York Post.
During the interview, Trump also explained how he would have conducted the Afghanistan withdrawal. President Joe Biden’s pullout cost the lives of 13 service members and more than $7 billion worth of military equipment.
“I’m the one that got it down to a very few soldiers,” Trump said. “And we would have had a very similar schedule, but I would have taken the military out last. I would have taken the American citizens … out, and I would have taken the best equipment in the world.”
“But we lost 13 soldiers. And the thing that nobody ever talks about — we also had a large number of soldiers horribly wounded. No legs, no arms, their face was blown to smithereens — a tremendous number. Nobody ever talks about them.”
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