EXCLUSIVE: Former President Donald Trump criticized the Biden administration for leaving behind US military equipment at Afghanistan , warning that the Taliban will use vision glasses US military nocturnal to allow "night combat " and saying the group will ship the "most sophisticated resources to China and other adversaries to " reconfigure. "
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digita l, l former president criticized the military withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan last month, calling it "the greatest embarrassment in our country's history.
TRUMP SLAMS 'RUSHED ' WITHDRAWAL AFGHANISTAN, BLAMES 'INCOMPETENT ' BIDEN
"Looks like we surrendered. Looks like we ran " Trump said.
"We had F-35 fighter jets - the biggest in the world - and they had knives," he added.
US troops destroyed or disabled nearly 100 combat vehicles and dozens of planes before leaving Kabul in August, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but the Taliban inherited it. 'a number of assault weapons, night vision goggles, and other US military technology supplied by the United States.
"They didn 't deactivate anyequipment, "Trump said of the Biden administration. " The equipment is perfect - and if it's not relatively perfect, it will be fixed, very, very quickly, probably by China or Russia. "
Trump went on to tout US military capabilities and equipment as " the best in the world "and warned that the Taliban, using US military night vision goggles , can "do night fights.
"The glasses are the best in the world, now they have thousands of glasses," Trump said. "They will fight at night, which they would never have done before. They have never done this before. "
The former president went on to say that under his administration he is " rebuilding the army with all new and beautiful equipment. " "
" They gave the Taliban a lot, and the Taliban don 't need everything, so they send a lot of the more sophisticated stuff.isticated to China and Iran and they send it to Russia - to reorganize it, ”Trump said.
Fox News interviewed the Trump administration's Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense for East Asia, former US Army Col. Heino Klinck, about the potential of adversaries to attempt to reorganize US military tools - something, he warned, is "highly likely.
"The Taliban are currying favor with the Chinese Communist Party because, at the moment, the Talibanfind themselves internationally isolated, "Klinck told Fox News. " They therefore hope that Beijing uses its influence to help the Taliban, especially in financial and economic terms. "
Klinck a added that he believes it is "likely " that China "will be able to technically exploit our remaining equipment behind.
"I foresee because the Taliban want a relationship with Beijing, which they will favorably accept any request from China to allow them to view American material, "Klinck said.
Klinck said that there is also a "possibility " that Russia and Iran will try to redesign US equipment, but warned that China is "the biggest threat in doing so.
"It 's not just a question of reverse engineering, " he said.declared. "Often this implies that whoever does this is going to want to replicate the item. It is also about finding technical vulnerabilities to improve their own locally produced systems.
He added : "Being able to technically exploit our night vision devices would give China the opportunity to improve theirs.
Klinck, while warning against the possibility of 'reverse engineering, told Fox News that even though the US military left behind equipment that "was certainly causing damage," he predicted it could have been worse.
"We have not left the crown jewels in Afghanistan " he said.