Trump to Newsmax: Milley’s Claims ‘Ridiculous,’ Distraction

Trump to Newsmax: Milley's Claims 'Ridiculous,' Distraction trump sitting at his desk and pointing (AFP via Getty Images)

By Jack Gournell | Tuesday, 14 September 2021 06:25 PM

Claims being made in the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley took action after Jan. 6 to limit then-President Donald Trump's power are all a bid to draw attention away from the Biden's administration's incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan, Trump tells Newsmax.

You never heard the word China mentioned in a thing like this, Trump said Tuesday in a telephone interview on "Spicer & Co."

"You heard a lot of anger about China on trade, and we made a great trade deal. You heard a lot of anger and China with the China virus. But for them for him to say for him to say that I would even think about attacking China, I think he's trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan."

Trump called the withdrawal "probably the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to our country" with 13 U.S. service members killed at Kabul airport with less than a week before the pullout.

"We left with embarrassment on our face," Trump said. "We left Americans behind. And we left $85 billion worth of the best equipment in the world that I bought, because I was the one that rebuilt our military, and then Biden gave it away."

For Milley to say Trump was going to attack China is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, and everybody knows it," Trump said.

Trump slammed the claims in Woodward and Costa's book that Milley feared Trump might go "rogue" after failing to secure the presidency and order a nuclear attack. He noted he had read recently that he was the only president in decades who "didn't start a war."

Trump said he would have handled the Afghanistan withdrawal much differently than Biden, who has been criticized by the left and right for his arbitrary deadline and for leaving Americans and allies behind.

"We had a good agreement. They had to meet a lot of conditions," Trump said. "They wouldn't meet them, and we bombed the hell out of them, and they'd cal and they'd say, all right, we'll meet them."

If he were still in office, the military would have stayed unitl all Americans and Afghan helpers were out, Trump said.

He also would have left no military equipment behind, he said.

"I want every bolt. I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every tank and every plane. I want all of it out," Trump said. " We're giving them aircraft, we're given a brand new planes, hundreds of thousands of. Of the top grade machine guns and rifles and goggle, night goggles. These people that did this, and that's Milley and Biden. They're incompetent people."

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