Former President Donald Trump went on to say that if he were still in the Oval Office, China would not be making threats against Taiwan.
Before he took the podium Saturday evening for his rally in Iowa, Trump conducted an interview with Newsmax host John Bachman where he was asked about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to achieve “reunification” with the country of Taiwan.
“I knew him very well and he never talked about [taking over Taiwan] during my four years, that I can tell you,” Trump went on to say during the interview with Bachman. “And he wouldn’t have talked about it if we were in there right now.”
“He sees weakness. He watched the Afghanistan disaster. He looked at what took place there, not even conceivable. Thirteen incredible young warriors, their lives were lost because of incompetence, gross incompetence. Taking the military out first and $85 million worth of equipment — the best in the world — it’s a disgrace,” the former president added.
Trump added that China is not the only foreign power that watched President Joe Biden’s botched U.S. troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.advertisement — content continues below
“When President Xi and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and everybody else looks at that,” Trump went on to say, “they’ve totally lost respect for our country.”
The former president then addressed an announced record crowd at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday night.
Trump put out a statement just last week saying, “we may very well end up in a war with China who no longer respects the USA.”
“China and Russia are already reverse engineering the equipment [left in Afghanistan] so they can build it for themselves,” Trump went on to say.
“The only thing the Radical Left Democrats, who are destroying our Nation, are good at is rigging Elections and criminal activity, while always blaming the other side through corrupt prosecutors and prosecutions. Our Country is in big trouble—we better get going fast!” he said in the statement released last Wednesday.
A statement from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday said that her country will not “bow to pressure” from China, which has sent 150 fighter jets over Taiwanese airspace over just a period of days.
“Our position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change,” Tsai said.