Former President Donald Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for the way it handled the “surrender” of Afghanistan, also warning that China could take over Bagram Air Base.
During an interview with Fox News, the former president accused the current administration of trying to move on from the Afghanistan withdrawal and its aftermath on purpose.
Trump noted that “they don’t talk about it anymore,” adding that the way things played out “was so bad that it was killing him.” He also added that just a few days after it ended, the administration stopped mentioning it altogether.
“What they did with the so-called withdrawal, which was really a surrender, what they did, it was the most embarrassing, horrible thing, and I don’t know that we ever psychologically recover from that,” the former president said.
During the last administration, Trump came to a deal with the Taliban for a May 2021 withdrawal of U.S. troops.
“Don’t forget, I’m the one that brought it down to 2,500 troops,” the former president said. “I would have been out too, but we would have been out with strength. We would have come out with strength.”
He then told Fox News that, even though he planned to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, he would have tried to keep a hold over the Parwan Detention Facility, which is a military prison found in the Bagram Air Base.
The Biden administration removed all U.S. troops from the said base in July. Then, the Pentagon announced back in August that the Taliban managed to free “thousands” of ISIS-K prisoners from that jail.
“We would have kept Bagram because it is next to China,” the former president explained. “And it is one hour away from their nuclear facility, and we gave that up too.”
He went on to say: “And now China’s going to take over Bagram, in my opinion.”
Additionally, Trump slammed the current administration for deciding to pull the military out first even though reports are circulation about hundreds of U.S. citizens and visa holders stranded in Afghanistan.
“We would have gotten all the people out, we would have brought all of our equipment out, we wouldn’t have had dead soldiers, we wouldn’t have soldiers missing arms and legs—because people don’t even talk about that—we lost 13, but we have many that have been gravely wounded,” the former president noted, adding, “None of that would have happened.”
He also said: “It was time to get out, but the way he got out was such a disaster.”
Trump then stated that “the generals responsible because they should have never allowed that to happen.”
“They must have been able to talk [Biden] into reason,” he added. “But you have to hold them responsible also for allowing that to happen.”