Donald Trump at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:57 AM PT – Saturday, August 21, 2021
President Trump has taken Joe Biden to task for not following his administration’s lead and sending American exceptionalism into disarray. On Friday, the 45th president spoke with Alabama-based radio show Rick and Bubba to discuss what he would do differently from the Oval Office.
Trump explained he would have a simple three-pronged approach to withdrawing American troops out of Afghanistan, which he said would have led to a smoother evacuation process.
“We get the civilians out, we get others out that need to be gotten out. That’s number one. Number 2, is we get our billions of dollars of equipment out. We don’t leave it for these people knowing they’re probably going to be taken over as soon as we stop fighting,” he explained. “Then, we bomb the hell out of the bases and then last but not least, comes out our military and everything’s done.”
He went on to say he was ostracized by Democrats in the mainstream media for establishing peace talks with the Taliban and setting up an effective withdrawal.
“Well I had a relationship with their leader and I get criticized by some of the radical left… I had a very strong conversation with them,” he explained. “…I said look, here’s the story, if you do anything to hurt Americans, anything that is out of line, we’re gonna hit your town and we’re gonna hit you harder than anybody’s ever been hit.”
In addition, Trump took aim at the Biden administration’s handling of the economy by lambasting it for leading the U.S. to high inflation rates. He claimed his administration left the U.S. economy in tip-top shape before Biden took office and gutted America’s energy independence.
“If you look at inflation, it all starts with fuel prices. What they’ve done to the energy. We were energy independent six months ago,” he expressed. “…They called OPEC to try and get more energy sent to our country and we had so much. I even filled up the national oil reserves, which were practically empty during my time, at a very cheap price because the energy was so low.”
Trump’s comments come ahead of his rally in Cullman, Alabama on Saturday night, where he, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and more are expected to speak.