Over the last month, California has grappled with a troubling wave of smash-and-grab incidents, including in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco.
"You know, the media, outside of you people and a few others, the media isn't reporting this problem but when you have hoards of people running in, kids mostly, running in and stealing, robbing stores where drug chains are closing all their stores in different cities because they can't keep them open, we just don't have law enforcement, we're not allowed to have law enforcement," Trump told Fox & Friends.
In addition, Former President Donald Trump called a United States top general a “f—— idiot” Saturday while speaking about the military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
“I said, the moment we get out, I want every nut, every bolt, every screw … we’re taking everything,” Trump stated.
He then goes on to recount a story in which General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supposedly told him it was cheaper to abandon the equipment than to fly it back.
“That’s when I realized he was a f—— idiot,” Trump declared.
In his speech, Trump continued to push the narrative that the U.S. left behind $85 billion of equipment, but an AP fact check found that those numbers are heavily inflated and misused. The $85 billion figure is the U.S.'s spending on developing Afghanistan since 2001. That includes troop training, pay, and other infrastructure costs over two decades of U.S. involvement.
According to a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report in June 2019, the AP assessment found that only $18 billion were spent on equipping Afghans between 2002 and 2018.
In addition, a defense policy analyst's remarks confirmed that much of the equipment would have been obsolete or scrapped.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said in August that 27 Humvees and 73 aircraft were disabled by Americans so that they could never be used again. U.S. forces also disabled the Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar System as their last actions.
In a testimony made to a congressional committee, Milley himself described the war as a “strategic failure” and said the U.S. needed to consider whether it made the Afghan government too dependent on foreign aid.
“We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation,” he told the Senate committee. “The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply melted away – in many cases without firing a shot – took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise.”