Donald Trump calls on Joe Biden to 'resign in disgrace' over Afghanistan handling

Former US President Donald Trump is calling on his successor Joe Biden to "resign in disgrace" for how he has managed the situation in Afghanistan.

Administration officials, lawmakers and advocacy groups have expressed frustration and anger at Biden's handling of evacuations from Afghanistan.

In a statement on Sunday, Trump called for Biden to step down as President.

"It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy," he wrote.

Trump was critical of Biden's handling of the situation in Afghanistan, saying he "couldn't handle the pressure".

"He ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our Administration left for him - a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground."

Trump said the outcome in Afghanistan, including the withdrawal, would have been "totally different" if his administration was still in charge.

"What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary. It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!"

However, in a statement on Saturday, Biden said the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was negotiated by Trump.

"When I became President, I faced a choice - follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies' Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country's civil conflict," Biden said.

"I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan - two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth."

Biden announced in April he would be withdrawing the remaining 2500 troops from Afghanistan.

The US government has been criticised for its handling of the recent events in Afghanistan. 

"Every decision has come too late and in reaction to events that make the subsequent decision obsolete," one source told Reuters.

At a press conference on Monday (local time), Biden acknowledged there were concerns about why Afghans had not been evacuated earlier but said his administration had been discouraged to do so by the Afghan government at the time.

"Part of the answer is some of the Afghans did not want to leave earlier, still hopeful for their country," Biden said.