(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump railed at his successor, Joe Biden, ahead of the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that leveled the twin towers of the World Trade Center and heavily damaged the Pentagon.
In a stark Tuesday evening message regarding American security, the former president said he worked to rebuild the U.S. military during his term but has now seen it humiliated under Biden 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?” Trump added.
Not only did Biden botch the military withdrawal from the country’s longest war by leaving unconditionally, but he has empowered and emboldened America’s enemies in the process.
“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,” said Trump, referring to the bounty of U.S.-supplied weapons and aircraft left to the Taliban who took over the country easily after Afghan National Army and security forces refused to oppose them.
“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,” Trump added.
In the wide-ranging interview, the former president ripped Biden for what he described as a failed execution of a withdrawal without first ensuring that all American citizens and Afghani allies were first evacuated, and for leaving behind sophisticated weapons and other materiel.
“Look at what’s happened to our country in the past eight months,” Trump said. “I don’t think our country has ever 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,” he continued.
“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,” Trump said.
Schmitt went on to ask the former president about Biden’s initial attempts to blame the Trump administration for withdrawal problems.
Trump repeated a recent talking point in which he said the Taliban knew to not “mess around” with the U.S. when he was still commander-in-chief. He also said that Biden was the one who refused to hold the Taliban to account for sticking to the withdrawal conditions he and then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo negotiated.
“You just take a look at the last few months, that’s when the whole thing fell down,” Trump said. “I was not there. And it all fell down.
“Can you imagine getting the military out, before you get your citizens, American people out?” Trump continued. “They took the military out first. We would have taken it out last.
“And, by the way, they didn’t meet the conditions. And every time they didn’t meet the conditions, we bombed them.”