GOP Removes Page Praising Donald Trump's 'Historic' Peace Deal With Taliban

The Republican National Committee has removed a webpage from 2020 in which it praised Donald Trump for signing a "historic peace agreement with the Taliban."

David Weigel, of The Washington Post, was the first to spot that the page had been removed with the web address redirecting to a 404 error page featuring the quip: "It looks like you're as lost as Biden is."

The Guardian's congressional reporter Hugo Lowell later confirmed the webpage's removal after successfully tracking down the now-deleted page via The Wayback Machine digital archive.

Featured as part of a section titled "President Trump Is Bringing Peace In The Middle East," the page described how the former U.S. president had "continued to take the lead in peace talks."

The page also claims that "while President Trump has championed peace, Joe Biden has taken the lead in pushing for endless wars."

It's also notable that the now-deleted webpage claimed Trump had "taken action to defeat ISIS and eliminate dangerous leaders."

Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the organization's current political chief, was released from a Pakistani jail at the request of the US while Trump was in office.

How quickly can the politics around Afghanistan change? Here's a section on the RNC's website in June; click it now and you get a 404 error. (Rest of page was about Kosovo/Israel-Arab deals.)

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 15, 2021

Trump has been a vocal critic of President Biden's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan branding it "one of the greatest defeats in American history."

The Taliban has quickly seized control of Afghanistan in the days since the U.S. withdrawal commenced.

"It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan," Trump said in the statement.

"It shouldn't be a big deal, because he wasn't elected legitimately in the first place," he added.

“President Trump has continued to take the lead in peace talks as he signed a historic peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan” — h/t @daveweigel who appears to have spotted first

— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) August 15, 2021

"What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary." Trump continued.

"It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!"

The criticisms come despite the fact it was the Trump administration which first brokered a deal to withdraw troops from the region.

In the now-deleted GOP webpage, it is stated that Trump negotiated a deal for the withdrawals by May 2021 "in exchange for a Taliban agreement to not allow Afghanistan to be used for transnational terrorism."

Upon his arrival in the White House, Biden instead decided to instigate a total withdrawal from Afghanistan, setting a deadline of August 31 for completion.

That process has been all but completed two weeks ahead of the planned date.

Biden has defended his decision to withdraw, claiming he was left with little choice given the deal Trump had negotiated with the Taliban which he felt left the organization "in the strongest position militarily since 2001."

"When I became president, I faced a choice—follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our forces and our allies' forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country's civil conflict," he said in the statement.

Trump in April: “Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.”

— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) August 15, 2021

As recently as April, Trump was also voicing his support for withdrawal, stating that "getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do."

"Nineteen years is long enough, in fact, far too much and way too long," he said.

Newsweek has reached out to the GOP for comment.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaking.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference in Phoenix, Arizona. - a webpage praising the president for his 'historic' peace deal with the Taliban has been taken down by the GOP. Brandon Bell/Getty