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'Let's Call Him Mohammad': Trump Forgets Name of Taliban Leader

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering, Phoenix, Arizona.
Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Turning Point Action gathering, Phoenix, Arizona.Credit: Ross D. Franklin,AP

Former U.S. President Donald Trump repeated false election claims during a rally in Arizona Saturday night.

During the nearly two-hour speech at the Turning Point USA gathering, Trump recalled a meeting with Taliban leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada. “I told the Taliban leader, I spoke to the leader and I spoke, I said," Trump paused when he couldn't remember Akhundzada's name, "let's call him Mohammad."

"I said Mohammad, we're leaving," Trump went on, referring to the U.S. pullout of Afghanistan.

In an attempt to impersonate Akhundzada, Trump started grunting. "He's a rough guy," Trump said as the crowd laughed.  

"Not a lot of social grace… All they do is fight," the former president added.  

Trump went on to blast President Joe Biden and repeat claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. 

The Taliban has swiftly captured territory in recent weeks, seized strategic border crossings and is threatening a number of provincial capitals — advances that come as the last U.S. and NATO soldiers leave Afghanistan.

Memories of the Taliban’s last time in power some 20 years ago, when it enforced a harsh brand of Islam that denied girls an education and barred women from work, have stoked fears of is return among many. Afghans who can afford it are applying by the thousands for visas to leave Afghanistan, fearing a violent descent into chaos.

The U.S.-NATO withdrawal is more than 95 percent complete and due to be finished by August 31.

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