US President Donald Trump on Friday obtained an uncommon endorsement from the Taliban for his reelection bid, CBS Information reported.
“We hope he’ll win the election and wind up the US army presence in Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Islamist group, advised the US community in a phone interview.
The Taliban additionally expressed concern over the US president’s current coronavirus an infection.
“After we heard about Trump being COVID-19 constructive, we received apprehensive for his well being, however appears he’s getting higher,” one other Taliban senior chief advised CBS Information.
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The Trump marketing campaign responded on Saturday by rejecting the group’s assist.
“The Taliban ought to know that the president will at all times defend American pursuits by any means essential,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump marketing campaign spokesman, advised CBS Information.
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Trump guarantees Christmas withdrawal
The Islamist group’s vote of assist comes a day after it welcomed Trump’s Wednesday announcement that the US would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Christmas.
Trump has lengthy promised to deliver American soldier again from Afghanistan.
” We must always have the small remaining variety of our courageous women and men serving in Afghanistan house by Christmas,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. His announcement got here simply weeks earlier than he faces Democratic challenger Joe Biden within the presidential election.
The Taliban welcomed “the settlement and considers it a constructive step within the implementation of the settlement between the Taliban and the USA,” a spokesman for the group stated.
In February, the Trump administration signed a historic settlement with the Taliban in Doha, which agreed on the removing of US forces from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years.
The Afghan authorities and Taliban representatives are at present holding an intra-Afghan dialogue in Qatar to barter a peace settlement.
The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the September 11 terrorist assaults and toppled the Taliban regime.