Nigel Farage expresses concern over UK-US 'special relationship'
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The GB News presenter hit out at US President Joe Biden for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis. Nigel Farage noted that Mr Biden did not speak to the Prime Minister or Nato allies before pulling US troops out. He said: “I’ve always believed in the special relationship.
“Perhaps that’s because I’m ashamedly pro American because nearly 40 years ago I started working for American companies and I can fast forward that through to a friendship with Donald Trump, the 45th US President.
“I have to say I have been horrified that a major decision could have been made like this without Biden even consulting Boris Johnson or indeed even the rest of our Nato allies.
“I feel at the moment, we can’t trust America; not with this man in charge and after all he’s always been much more interested in Irish republicanism and the EU than he has the UK.
“We’ve seen our generosity allowing Americans to fly into London if they’re double jabbed without quarantining and no reciprocity.
“The trade deal between the UK and the USA frankly is going nowhere. Obama did say we would be at the back of the queue and it would appear his VP at the time takes the same view.
“I can’t think of a time in my life where the special relationship was in more trouble that it is.”
It comes as a week after declaring America’s “new chapter” of engagement with Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will aim to form a united front with allies this week on how to tackle the Taliban and ensure continued support for US bid to help evacuate Americans and at-risk Afghans who remained behind.
In a trip to Qatar and Germany, Blinken will be overlapping with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin who is also departing on Sunday for a wider Gulf visit covering Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
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The visit by top two US national security officials comes as the Biden administration still grapples with the fallout from what is widely seen as a messy US withdrawal from Afghanistan, criticized by President Joe Biden’s fellow Democrats, as well as Republicans.
Dubbed as a “thank you” tour to the Gulf countries and Germany, who were instrumental in helping Washington evacuate thousands of people out of Kabul, Blinken will meet with senior Qatari officials in Doha and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at Ramstein air base, where he will also co-host a ministerial meeting on Afghanistan.
Neither Blinken nor Austin are expected to meet with members of the Taliban, US officials said.
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The United States’ two decades-long invasion in Afghanistan culminated with a hastily organized airlift that left thousands of US-allied Afghans behind and was punctuated by a suicide bombing outside Kabul’s airport that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghans. Washington completed the withdrawal on August 31.
It was one of the largest airlifts in history, evacuating more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and others, although thousands of at-risk Afghans and about 100 US citizens still remained behind.
Blinken has vowed to continue efforts to get them out and also hold Taliban to its commitments of providing safe passage to anyone who wishes to leave.
“We’re in very, very active coordination with like-minded countries around the world so that … we continue to work together and use the leverage and influence we have to hold the Taliban to the commitments it’s made,” Blinken told a press conference at the State Department on Friday.
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