Recently, former president Donald J. Trump took aim at General Mark Milley, namely by labeling him a “f—–g idiot” due to Milley’s guidance for the Afghanistan withdrawal.
During a weekend event at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump assailed Milley for how he handled the withdrawal from the war-torn nation, which has fallen back into the grip of the Taliban’s control.
Trump remarked that he will “never forget” Milley’s recommendations, including the recommendation to leave behind all the American military equipment after the withdrawal.
According to the former president, Milley proclaimed, “it’s cheaper to leave the equipment than to bring it.”
Trump replied incredulously to Milley, noting that it was probably a better idea “to fill [the equipment] with half a tank of gas and fly it into Pakistan,” rather than leave it behind for the Taliban to have it.
However, Milley apparently still insisted upon leaving the equipment behind, arguing that it was “cheaper” to do so, even though it meant the Taliban would end up with U.S. military equipment at its disposal.
“That’s when I realized he was a f—–g idiot,” Trump remarked.
I know Trump claims he doesn’t drink, but he sounded even more like a drunk uncle at a wedding tonight than usual. Here, he calls General Milley a “f*cking idiot.” pic.twitter.com/YxUfY3suXm
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 5, 2021
Trump delivered his commentary during an event that was designed by Turning Point Action, a conservative advocacy organization. Turning Point Action is also a branch of Turning Point USA.
Other clips taken from the event reveal Trump commenting upon the outcome of the 2020 election, including the remark that it was “all rigged” through mail-in ballots and other means.
“We’re never gonna forget 2020,” Trump proclaimed.
The U.S. military had previously provided the Afghan military with upwards of $83B in military equipment. However, after the Taliban took over Kabul during the disastrous withdrawal in August, the equipment promptly fell into terrorists’ hands.
General Milley had served as the chief of staff in the Army for a period of four years, from August 2015 to August 2019. In 2018, Milley was appointed to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Trump.