Trump on Afghanistan Withdrawal: ‘China Is Going to Have Bagram’
Trump on Afghanistan Withdrawal: ‘China Is Going to Have Bagram’

By Frank Fang and Kash’s Corner

Former President Donald Trump says the United States should have never abandoned Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan last year, given its strategic location in relation to China.

“I would have kept Bagram; it has always been my plan to keep Bagram,” Trump told former top White House aide Kash Patel on his EpochTV’s “Kash’s Corner” program. The interview will premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.

“It’s right next to China. It is one hour away from where they build their nuclear weapons.”

“How can you lose Bagram?” Trump asked during the interview, before adding “China is going to have Bagram.”

Bagram Air Base, the largest airfield in Afghanistan, was the heart of American military power in Afghanistan for nearly two decades before it was taken over by the Taliban last year. One of the construction projects completed by the United States at the airfield is a 12,000 foot (3,660 meters) runway, which opened in 2016 at the cost of $68 million. The airbase is about an hours’ drive from the Afghan capital Kabul.

Members of the United States Air Force deployed for Mission Resolute Support prepare an F-16 Jet for a flight at Bagram Airfield on Sept. 5, 2017. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

The U.S. airfield was determined by the Pentagon to be neither tactically nor operationally necessary, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told a congressional hearing in late June 2021.

Less than two weeks later, the U.S. military left Bagram airfield. What ensued was the now widely-criticized chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in mid-August.Play Video

A recent report by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) revealed that China has been secretly building three missile silo fields near Yumen, Hami, and Orodos in western China, the region that neighbors Afghanistan. The report concluded that China is engaging in an “unprecedented nuclear buildup” and China’s total Intercontinental ballistic missile force “could potentially exceed that of either Russia and the United States in the foreseeable future.”

Dan Steiner, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and global strategist, previously told The Epoch Times that keeping Bagram airfield, given its proximity to China, would have given the United States a “strategic advantage” in contending with threats posed by Beijing.

“The way they withdrew from Afghanistan was like we were the gang that couldn’t shoot straight,” Trump said. “I think it’s the most embarrassing day or week in the history of our country.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks with Epoch TV’s Kash Patel at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 31, 2022. (The Epoch Times)

In the aftermath of the Taliban’s swift takeover of Kabul, the Chinese regime seized on the event to embark on an aggressive propaganda campaign to label the United States as an unreliable ally and delegitimize American democracy.

Trump also claimed that Beijing has now acquired U.S. military weapons left that were left behind from the withdrawal, and the communist regime is now “studying” and “re-engineering” them.

“You have to get strong with China. You have to do tariffs. You have to do a lot of different things,” Trump said.

The full exclusive interview will premiere on at 8 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.

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