EXCLUSIVE – Former President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, suggested that terrorists “absolutely” were airlifted from Afghanistan as part of the U.S. evacuation effort from Kabul last month, questioning the Biden administration’s vetting process.
The former president, during the interview, called the Biden administration’s effort to resettle Afghan allies “incredible.”
“There has never been a war — win, lose or draw — and you bring everybody into your country,” Trump said. “That’s a lot of people, and at a tremendous cost already—they’re talking about billions and billions of dollars.”
The Biden administration, last month ahead of its Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all military assets from Afghanistan, airlifted more than 124,000 individuals from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Biden administration officials said that included approximately 6,000 American citizens.
Since the withdrawal, the Biden administration has said its mission has shifted from a military mission to a “diplomatic” one and it is committed to continuing to evacuate Americans left behind, as well as Afghan allies, some with pending Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), who aided the U.S. military throughout the war.
But Trump warned that the individuals that the Biden administration are resettling in the U.S. could pose a risk to national security.
“The people they are resettling — it’s the worst. There was no vetting,” Trump said. “And it is probably a tough group of people, because they were able to get on the plane, so they were aggressive.”
“What does that mean? Does that mean you have terrorists there?” Trump asked. “Absolutely you do.”
At this point, the Department of Homeland Security has flagged 44 Afghan evacuees as potential national security threats to the United States, according to a report by the Washington Post last week.
Also last week, senior U.S. officials told Fox News that Camp Bondsteel, a U.S. military base in Kosovo, will temporarily house Afghan refugees who don’t pass the initial round of vetting. Those officials told Fox News that several refugees have already been sent to that base but said it was unclear what the next steps would be for those who failed the initial security screening — including whether they will be sent back to the now-Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
The White House, though, said intelligence and counterterrorism officials were “working around the clock” to “vet all Afghans” before allowing them to enter the United States by using a screening process involving “biometric and biographic security reviews conducted by our intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals.”
The White House said those with SIVs and vulnerable Afghans were flown to third countries in Europe and Asia that had agreed to “serve as transit hubs” before undergoing “robust security screening and flying to the U.S.”
“You took some very bad people onto…