Former President Donald J. Trump blasted General Mark Milley for the abandoned military equipment in Afghanistan at the Save America Rally on October 9, in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump stated that when he was President, Milley told him, “It’s cheaper to leave the equipment than it is to take it.”
“When Milley told me that, I said, ‘What are you a nut job? Are you stupid?’ That was one of the many times I realized he was stupid,” Trump said of the general.
“I said, ‘Now wait a minute,’ especially being in the construction business – “You mean we have a 50 million dollar plane, all it needs is a tank of gas and a pilot,” Trump stated. “We could have flown over 200 pilots, taken everything out, but we didn’t have to worry because the Taliban listened to me.”
Trump laid the responsibility of the abandoned military equipment at the feet of Milley, suggesting the general gave Biden the same advice that Milley gave him.
I know exactly what happened. Milley went up to him, just like he did to me, but it was unacceptable. With me, I said, ‘I want every nut, I want every bolt, I want every screw, I want every plane and tank, I want the Apaches, I want everything out. And I even want the hangars.’ You know, those beautiful canvas hangars that hold these big monster planes, they’re massive. I said, ‘I want the hangars, I want the canvas, I want the plastic, I want the fiberglass, and I want the steel, I want everything out. And then we’re going to bomb the hell out of the five or so bases that we don’t want.’
The 45th President then honed in on the Baghram Air Base:
And with Baghram – you know it’s right next to China. Nice to have a base like that. It’s got the longest runway there is. The concrete pad is so thick. Being in construction, I figured maybe like six inches. How about like six feet. Six feet thick, and we left it. They spent, supposedly ten billion dollars building it. We left it in one night, and we left all of the equipment.
“And don’t believe them when they say they disabled the equipment, they didn’t,” Trump said. “You see a couple of helicopters – they got killed for leaving the equipment – and so they disabled a couple of little old helicopters.”
“That equipment is brand new right out of the box, including the night goggles, which are better than the goggles we have,” Trump explained. “They’re later models. And including all of the rifles, machine guns, and guns – they’re the latest model. The latest and the greatest.”
“So, our enemy of many years has all of that, and it’s a shame. It’s a shame. To see what happened to our country, it’s a shame,” the 45th president stated.
“You’ll have a five million dollar army tank, a three million dollar helicopter brand new,” Trump added. “Think of this: Even if you just flew it into Pakistan, it’s a very short flight, and then you took your time taking it … we should’ve taken everything.”
“Most importantly, we should have never lost 13 warriors,” the 45th president said.