EXCLUSIVE: A political group that supported the 'former president Trump during of its 2016 and 2020 campaigns criticizes the target President Biden's handling of last month's rocky US withdrawal and evacuation of Afghanistan .
Great America PAC, which has spent more than $ 50 million since 2016 in support of Trump's campaign and the presidency, airs this week with a national cable television show that accuses Biden of "surrendering " "in Afghanistan.
Within 30 seconds commercial , which was first shared with Fox News, told Marine Corps veteran Chad Robichaux on camera that "the men and women I have fought with in Afghanistan we risked our lives proudly, for freedom, for our country, because we believed that in the end our sacrifices could count for something. "
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Robichaux, founder and president of an organization has helped veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), then points out that ' "After 20 years, we are abandoning the Americans behind enemy lines. We implore the Taliban for leniency. We surrender. Mr. President?
The Political Action Committee has told Fox News he was spending a modest five figures to initially broadcast the spot, with the potential to spend more in the weeks to come. Great America PAC adds that it aims to help elect pro-Trump candidates in the 2022 midterm election, as it also tries to defeat the Biden agenda.
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The President has been facing for weeks with a deluge of bipartisan criticism for his handling of the hastily organized evacuation efforts at Kabul International Airport to airlift the Americans and their Afghan allies out of the war-torn Central Asian country, after the lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan by repressive Taliban forces.
While the president has repeatedly declared the withdrawal and evacuation a success, the United States airlifted around 120,000 people, including more than 5,500 Americans, after the fall of Kabul through August - he was accused by both republicans and a few Democrats for underestimating the Taliban and overestimating the strength of the now collapsed, state-backed Afghan government United and military.
Biden has pointed the finger at his predecessor in the White House. The Trump administration in February of last year struck a deal with the Taliban calling for all troops US forces are leaving Afghanistan by May 2021. Trump, during his tenure, reduced US forces to their lowest level in Afghanistan in two decades. And last year, the Afghan government freed thousands of Taliban prisoners, many of whom have likely resumed arms against US-backed forces.
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But Biden, who overturned many of Trump's policies when he took office in January, has not rescinded Trump's deal with the Taliban, though. that he extended the US withdrawal deadline until the end of August.
Trump has repeatedly pilloried his successor in the White House over the handling of the exit from Afghanistan. During a stop at a New York City police station to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Saturday, the former president charged Biden with "gross incompetence.
Greater America PAC appears to be the second group to broadcast one targeting the president on Afghanistan.
Trump's PAC Save America increased two weeks ago with a television titled " Failure "that uses a montage of video clips and photos to criticize Biden. The spot - backed by a very modest ad buy - was briefly aired on cable TV.