Donald Trump to Newsmax: ‘We Rebuilt Military,’ and ‘They Gave It to the Taliban’
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Newsmax – Moved by the imminent 20th anniversary of 9/11, former President Trump appeared on Newsmax Tuesday night and delivered a stark message about American security. He said he rebuilt the U.S. military only to see it humiliated in Afghanistan.
“That was a day like no other day,” Trump told Tuesday’s “Rob Schmitt Tonight” of 9/11 in an exclusive interview. “That’s why we have to be careful. That’s why we rebuilt our military. Unfortunately, they gave some of what I had rebuilt – we built it – they gave it to the Taliban. Can you believe that?”
According to the former president, not only did President Joe Biden’s military botch the troops’ withdrawal from the longest-running war in American history by doing it unconditionally, our enemy has been empowered in the process.
Trump told host Rob Schmitt: “Brand new Apache, the most incredible weapon you’ve ever seen, the Apache helicopters, brand new – brand new out of the box, as they say – and they got ’em.”
He was referring to Taliban fighters who took over the country without a fight from the U.S.-trained Afghan army. “And they’re giving them to China, and they’re giving them to Russia, and Iran, and they’re studying them because they want to make them just like that.”
In a wide-ranging 15-minute interview, Trump denounced Biden for what he deemed a failed execution of a withdrawal without first securing evacuations for American citizens, and while leaving sophisticated weapons and other materiel behind.
“Look at what’s happened to our country in the past eight months,” Trump said. “I don’t think our country has every seen a period like this, how badly we’re doing.
“The worst of all is what took place in Afghanistan. That withdrawal was the most incompetently handled withdrawal, or anything else, in the history of our country. We’re embarrassed in front of the world. Giving them $850 billion of the best military equipment in the world, there’s never been a greater embarrassment than we’ve suffered this last week.”
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