Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in an interview with CBS News that the radical Taliban movement hopes for a victory for Donald Trump in the US presidential election in November.
“We hope that he will win the election and put an end to the American military presence in Afghanistan,” Mujahid said in a telephone interview with the TV channel.
It is noted that the news about Trump’s coronavirus disease caused concern in the ranks of the movement. “When we heard that Trump was infected with COVID-19, we were worried about his health, but it seems that he is on the mend,” another Taliban leader told the TV channel.
“Trump may be ridiculous to the rest of the world, but he is a sensible and wise man for the Taliban, “another Taliban official told the TV station.
A Trump campaign official, meanwhile, told CBS News that he rejects support for the Taliban, and the Taliban should know that Trump will always protect American interests in any way necessary.
Zabiullah Mujahid later said on Twitter that CBS News had distorted his words. “The American media CBS News interpreted and published my statements incorrectly. Nothing like what was published in the publication was said,” he wrote.