Former President Trump said Osama bin Laden had “one hit,” the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, but his administration took out two “monsters” Qasem Soleimani and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Trump compared the leader of al-Qaeda and the mastermind behind 9/11, Bin Laden, a terrorist who was eliminated by the US under President Obama, to the two “dirtier” terrorists who were eliminated under his administration.
Al-Baghdadi was the founder and leader of ISIS and Soleimani was one of Iran’s most powerful commanders.
“We took out the founder of Isis, al-Baghdadi, and then, of course, Soleimani. Just so you understand, Soleimani is many, many times bigger than Osama bin Laden. The founder of ISIS is many, many times bigger, al-Baghdadi than Osama bin Laden,” Trump told the conservative radio host. Hugh Hewitt on Thursday.
Osama bin Laden had one hit, and it was a bad one, in New York City, the World Trade Center. But these other two guys were monsters. They were monsters. And I kept saying for years why don’t they get them? I said it for years. I have them,’ he said.
Osama bin Laden had one hit, and it was a bad one, in New York City, the World Trade Center. But these other two guys were monsters. They were monsters. And I kept saying for years why don’t they get them? I said it for years. I’ve got them,” Donald Trump said on the ‘Hugh Hewitt Show’
The 9/11 attacks killed 2,996 people in the US and brought down the Twin Towers in New York City. Hijackers have crashed two planes into the World Trade Center, hijacked another in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and a third that crashed into the Pentagon.
Bin Laden was also alleged to have been involved in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people, but he was also behind the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, where
“Isis is tougher than the Taliban and meaner than the Taliban. And Isis looked on, and then they were there, they didn’t exist anymore,” Trump said.
He spoke after more than 100 were killed on Thursday, including 13 Americans, in attacks believed to have been carried out by ISIS-K as the US completes its hasty withdrawal from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Bin Laden was assassinated in 2011 by a group of Navy SEALs who invaded his compound in Pakistan. Al-Baghdadi was killed in a military strike in northwestern Syria in 2019, where he detonated a suicide belt.
In January 2020, Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani outside an airport in Baghdad.
Trump also told Hewitt that he would have “bombed the Taliban like a missile” had they violated the peace agreement he signed with them in February 2020 and “they would never have entered Kabul.”
“They just wouldn’t.”
Trump, who appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Thursday, claimed his administration “had them” [the Taliban] completely under control.’
“Every time we saw movement, we hit them with an F-18 and the movement stopped,” he said of keeping the Taliban out of Afghanistan.
“They would have been blown away before. (Now) zero resistance,” Trump said when calling Biden’s decision to take the US military out of Afghanistan “the stupidest step anyone has ever made in our country’s history to allow this to happen.”
“This country has never seen such stupidity and our country is in real trouble,” Trump said in the segment.
“It just gets worse… We had something where they didn’t go near us, they were terrified of us,” he added after suggesting that this is no longer the case.
Trump claimed to have “perfectly under control” before “Biden came in and they saw weakness.”