Kinzinger: Trump was naive on Afghanistan, Biden acted without a plan

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday called out President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE and former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE over the fall of Afghanistan, saying the actions and policies of each leader contributed to the government's collapse. 

In a statement on Sunday, Kinzinger criticized the “shortsighted, weak, and utter failure" on both administrations for letting the Taliban take full control of the country.

“The naïve Trump Administration legitimized the Taliban by having ‘talks’ with them about peace and openly negotiating with terrorists, while the Biden Administration tried to fulfill a campaign promise without any semblance of a plan or forethought into how this would play out,” Kinzinger said. 

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“And where are they now? What are they doing to save the countless lives being brutally murdered by the Taliban today?”

Kinzinger, a Republican serving on the special committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said that he is “heartbroken” over Afghanistan's status, calling the whole situation “avoidable.” 

The Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday, completing a quick takeover of the country that sped up with Biden's announcement of the exit of U.S. troops.