Former President Donald Trump tore into Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley after claims were made in a brand new book written by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that Milley took action after Jan. 6 to try and limit Trump’s power, stating that these things are nothing more than an attempt to draw attention away from the “incompetent” way the current administration handled the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
The former president said you never heard the word “China” mentioned in a like this, during a telephone conversation on “Spicer & Co.”
“You heard a lot of anger about China on trade, and we made a great trade deal. You heard a lot of anger … with the China virus. But for them, for him to say … that I would even think about attacking China, I think he’s trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan,” Trump stated.
Trump said Biden’s troop withdrawal is probably the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to our country” as it led to the unnecessary deaths of 13 military members in a suicide bombing at the airport located in Kabul.
“We left with embarrassment on our face,” Trump went on to say. “We left Americans behind. And we left $85 billion worth of the best equipment in the world that I bought, because I was the one that rebuilt our military, and then Biden gave it away.”
For Milley to say Trump “was going to attack China is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard, and everybody knows it,” Trump said. “That is a treasonous statement.”
Trump slammed the claims in Woodward and Costa’s book that Milley feared Trump might go “rogue” after failing to secure the presidency and order a nuclear attack. He noted he had read recently that he was the only president in decades who “didn’t start a war.”
Trump said he would have handled the Afghanistan withdrawal much differently than Biden, who has been criticized by the right and left for adhering to the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline and for leaving U.S. citizens and allies behind.
“We had a good agreement. They had to meet a lot of conditions,” Trump continued. “They wouldn’t meet them, and we bombed the hell out of them, and they’d call and they’d say, all right, we’ll meet them.”
Trump said that if he were still in office, the military would have stayed until all Americans and Afghan allies were out.
Trump then said he would not have left any military equipment behind in the country.
“I want every bolt. I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every tank and every plane. I want all of it out,” the former president said. “We’re giving them aircraft, we’re giving brand-new planes, hundreds of thousands of … top-grade machine guns and rifles and goggles, night goggles. These people that did this, and that’s Milley and Biden. They’re incompetent people.”
He then chatted about the list of Afghans who helped U.S. military forces that Biden handed over to the Taliban, essentially giving them a kill list.
“Those people are in serious danger,” Trump went on to say, going on to call Biden’s military leaders “the dumbest people.”
Trump then stated that Milley told”this story about me attacking China. Think of it. I’m going to attack China. What’s the reason exactly, other than that they screw us on trade. You don’t attack them for that.”