RNC removed webpage hailing Trump’s deal with the Taliban as fighters swept through Afghanistan, but says it was part of routine web maintenance


  • The Republican National Committee deleted a page hailing Trump’s 2020 deal with the Taliban.
  • The impeachment took place on Sunday, amid scenes of chaos in Kabul as the Taliban seized power.
  • The RNC said the page was removed as part of routine web maintenance.

The Republican National Committee removed a webpage saluting the president Donald trumpthe peace agreement reached with the Taliban. But he said it was not done to distance himself from politics in response to the militant group’s takeover, but as part of the routine maintenance of the web.

The webpage, which first appeared on the Republican National Committee website during last year’s presidential election, praised Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments. An archived version of the page is available here.

Wayback Machine, an internet archive site, said the page was removed on August 15, as chaotic scenes surfaced in Kabul, showing US forces evacuating officials from its embassy as Taliban militants took control from the country.

Here is a screenshot of the archived version of the webpage, which was recorded on Wayback Machine:

An archived version of a Republican National Committee webpage touting former President Donald Trump’s peace deal with the Taliban.

RNC via Wayback Machine

And this is what it looked like on Monday morning:

RNC removed webpage hailing Trump's deal with the Taliban as fighters swept through Afghanistan, but says it was part of routine web maintenance
Screenshot taken on August 16, 2021, showing an error message on a page that previously praised Trump’s withdrawal agreement with the Taliban.

RNC

The apparent deletion of the page was first highlighted by the Washington Post reporter Dave weigel.

The page praised Trump’s attempts to end two decades of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, describing how he “continued to lead the peace talks by signing a landmark peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would end America’s longest war.”

The page referred to a February 2020 conditional peace deal between Trump and the Taliban, which committed the United States to reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan if the Taliban did not support terrorist groups.

The page went on to say that Trump’s rival presidential candidate Joe Biden had “a history of pushing for endless wars,” and she listed times he had called for more troops to be deployed in Afghanistan.

The RNC rebuffed the claim that the page was removed in response to events in Afghanistan. He said the page was removed as part of a process, which began last week, of forwarding old posts to a new website.

“This is so dishonest. We launched a new website last week… some of the old posts haven’t been picked up yet. Go take a look… not all blog / research posts from years ago are there. But try to distract. from the people really in charge of this disaster, “Mike Reed, RNC deputy chief of staff, tweeted in response to a message from Weigel.

Insider has verified that no posts from the past year remain on the current RNC site.

President Biden remained committed to withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan during his tenure, pledging earlier this year to complete the withdrawal by 9/11 despite the rapid build-up of the Taliban and the seizure of swathes of territory from the forces. Afghan security forces under siege.

Observers have drawn parallels between the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and its chaotic retreat from Saigon in 1975 after its defeat in the Vietnam War.

Trump had made his promise to end America’s so-called “eternal wars” in the Middle East and Central Asia one of the centerpieces of his re-election campaign last year. Biden had long opposed U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, though during the election campaign he signaled he was considering maintaining a small U.S. military presence in the country, a decision he later made. canceled.

But as the Taliban routed the Afghan army and returned to power just weeks after the United States withdrew most of its forces on July 8, Trump and Biden sought to blame each other for the crisis. .

Trump called on Biden to step down, claiming he had not followed Trump’s exit plan. Biden said Trump’s deal with the Taliban left him little choice but to withdraw US troops altogether.



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