Former US President Donald Trump has called the American troops’ pullout from Afghanistan under the Biden administration the greatest embarrassment in US history.
“They are laughing. I extracted billions and billions of dollars out of China, never happen. We never got $0.10 from China. Billions and billions. They were so happy to see a rigged election, and they might have helped it along, actually. But they were so happy. But Sean, I will tell you what, this is the greatest embarrassment we have ever seen. And you know it better — you do an incredible job in covering it and I appreciate it,” Trump said in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
The United States paid Afghan soldiers a lot, so when the US pulled out of Afghanistan, the Afghans stopped fighting, Trump said.
“I was told some very bad information by a lot of different people. The fact is they are among the highest paid soldiers in the world. They were doing it for paycheck, because once we stopped, once we left, they stopped fighting… Everybody’s brave, but the fact is, our country was paying the Afghan soldiers a fortune, so we were sort of bribing them to fight,” Trump said.
He also compared the annual state expenses for operation in Afghanistan with the Russian military budget.
“We were spending $42 billion a year. Think of it, 42 billion. I understand Russia spends $50 billion a year for their entire military, we are spending $42 billion,” Trump told Hannity.
“And we get nothing,” he said.