Trump issues warning on Taliban-seized weapons
Former President Donald Trump issued a warning that the stockpile of US weapons left behind following the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and seized by the Taliban will likely end up in Russia and China.
“It’s the most incompetently handled withdrawal in history,” said Trump, in an interview with “Full Measure.”
“There’s never been anything like this, where we gave them $85 billion worth of brand new, beautiful equipment,” the former president said of the weapons. “And I guarantee that China and Russia already have our Apache helicopters, and they’re taking them apart to find out exactly how they’re made.”
“They’re taking them apart so they can make the exact same equipment,” Trump said. “They’re very good at that. It’s a disgrace.”
Trump explained what he would have done differently in the withdrawal process.
“We should have taken out all our equipment — everything. And I said, ‘I want every bolt. I want every screw. I want every nail. I want everything. I want those tanks,'” he said.
The former commander-in-chief said the hectic evacuation likely helped terrorists get into the US.
“You have people going all over the world and being dropped all over the world right now, and nobody knows who the hell they are,” Trump said. “Many of these people are going to be terrorists. They were very energetic getting onto the aircraft.”