Trump Torches Milley for Leaving Military Equipment in Afghanistan: 'Are You Stupid?'
'That was one of the many times I realized he was stupid'
Donald Trump took aim at General Milley for abandoning military equipment in Afghanistan during his Save America Rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
Trump said Milley told him at the time:
"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?" Trump said.
"Are you stupid?' That was one of the many times I realized he was stupid."
"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 during the rally.
"We could have flown over 200 pilots, taken everything out, but we didn't have to worry because the Taliban listened to me."
Trump suggested the 'woke' 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.'
Trump then highlighted 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 added.
"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.
In August, Trump called for "unequivocal military force" against the Taliban if they refused to return the weaponry left behind by the Biden administration.
Trump asserted that the U.S should "at least bomb the hell out of" the Taliban's equipment to prevent them from using it.