Former US President Donald Trump said that while planning military withdrawal from Afghanistan, he intended to keep the large Bagram air base under US control because of its close proximity to Chinese nuclear facilities.
“I was going to leave [Afghanistan], 21 years – that was enough. And I had it down to 2,500 troops and I was going to keep Bagram because of China, not because of Afghanistan. Because they’re one hour away from their nuclear nuisance, because that’s exactly what it is, that’s where they make their nuclear [weapons]”, Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
The former US president believes now that Bagram is out of US control, and that China is interested in taking over the air base.
Trump noted that the way in which his successor Joe Biden completed the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was the “single most embarrassing moment in the history of [the US]”.
He added that he was planning to bomb all the other bases in Afghanistan, so that they could not be used after the US pullout.