Jim Jordan Rips Dems for Calling Afghanistan Exit a 'Success' yet 'Trump's Fault'

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan attacked Democrats and cable news anchors for calling the Afghanistan exit a success while at the same time blaming former President Donald Trump for its problematic aspects.

Polls have found that most Americans disapprove of the way the United States withdrew from Afghanistan. In the weeks following the Taliban's return to power, both Republicans and Democrats have sought to escape blame for what have been widely viewed as mistakes.

Republicans have slammed the Biden administration over the withdrawal, and the president's approval ratings have dropped in the aftermath. Many prominent Republicans have called on Biden to resign and have been sharply critical about people being unable to leave Afghanistan.

Many Democrats, meanwhile, have pointed fingers at Trump. Biden previously criticized Trump for cutting a deal with the Taliban that he said left them "in the strongest position militarily since 2001," pulling 2,500 troops before he left office and imposing a May 1 deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces.

Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro asked Jordan about a defense of the Biden administration made by CNN Host Don Lemon, who said earlier in the week the White House should get credit for getting so many people out of Afghanistan.

Jordan dismissed the idea that the White House should get any credit for the evacuation, saying, "These guys say whatever they want."

"How can it be an extraordinary success and at the same time be President Trump's fault?" he asked.

He was referring to Biden's address to the nation on Tuesday where the president called the mission an "extraordinary success."

"Thirteen service members killed, Americans left behind, allies left behind, billions of dollars of equipment and weapons left behind. Some of the Afghans who have come to America haven't been properly vetted," Jordan said. "And Joe Biden describes that as an extraordinary success. You've got to be kidding me."

He said that if Trump were still in office, the withdrawal would have been more successful.

"He projects strength. Where he projects confidence, this stuff did not happen and would not happen if he was still here," he said.

While many Republicans share that sentiment, others have expressed some degree of skepticism about the idea. Last weekend Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy called the question a hypothetical and said that "we will not know" how Trump would have handled the withdraw.

Amid the Afghanistan crisis, Biden's popularity has taken a toll. A recent Emerson College poll found that Trump has a narrow advantage against Biden if he were to run in 2024. While 46 percent of respondents said they would vote for Biden, 47 percent said they would vote for Trump.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment Sunday morning but had not heard back by publication. This article will be updated with any response

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Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan called out Democrats who have said the Afghanistan exit was a success while blaming former President Donald Trump for its problematic aspects. Here, the Republican congressman is seen outside the U.S. Capitol on July 29. Drew Angerer/Getty Images