US President Donald Trump has won the support of the Taliban for his reelection bid, the Afghanistan-based militant group told CBS News on Friday.
“We hope he will win the election and wind up US military presence in Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid explained.
“When we heard about Trump being COVID-19 positive we got worried for his health, but seems he is getting better,” the senior leader told CBS News.
“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 told CBS News.
“Trump might be ridiculous for the rest of the world,” a senior Taliban member explained to CBS News, “but he is sane and wise man for the Taliban.”
Though this show of support from the Taliban is surprising, for the Trump campaign it appears to be wholly unwanted. On Saturday, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh announced that the campaign rejected the support of the Afghan terrorist group.
“The Taliban should know that the president will always protect American interests by any means necessary,” Murtaugh explained in a statement to The Hill, adding that he is “unlike Joe Biden, who opposed taking out Osama bin Laden and Qasem Soleimani.”
The Taliban is not the only controversial entity to endorse the incumbent Republican president. Trump also received endorsements from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, the niece of Osama bin Laden and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.