Monday, October 12, 2020
The "clarification" from the Taliban spokesman came hours after the report that the group threw its weight behind Trump set Twitter alight, with the US president's detractors seizing upon the unusual endorsement to tear into the Trump administration, RT reported. "US news outlet @CBSNews has interpreted & published my remarks incorrectly. Nothing of the sort has been communicated as publicized by them," Mujahid tweeted. In its report on Saturday, CBS News claimed that Mujahid told them in a "phone interview" that he hopes Trump would prevail over his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in November, and stick to the withdrawal plan, agreed as part of the deal with the Taliban earlier this year. "We hope he will win the election and wind up US military presence in Afghanistan," CBS News cited Mujahid as saying.
In another quote CBS News attributed to Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman was cited praising Trump's "America first" motto. "It is the slogan of Trump from the start that they are not cops for the world and don't want a single flag and anthem for the globe, but their priority is America," Mujahid allegedly said. Apart from Mujahid, CBS News also cited another unnamed "senior Taliban member" praising the US leader. It's unclear what exactly in the CBS News "bombshell" prompted Majahid to accuse the channel of twisting his words, since he has not elaborated further. While the alleged Taliban's endorsement has seen Trump's critics declaring an open season on the president, his own campaign was quick to reject the apparent accolade.
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