Bailey then asked Trump about General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who had worked with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to reassure the Chinese military that the United States would peacefully transition from President Trump to President Biden in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
“Well, [Milley] is a strongly left-leaning person…And, frankly, he’s weak. And he’s been weak for a long time, and I realized that during the course. When I walked down to the church—and, Gene, I’m sure you liked it, and a lot of people liked it. Most people liked it. But the Radical Left didn’t like it,” Trump said, referring to his photo-op in front of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. last year. The moment was heavily criticized, as peaceful protesters were tear-gassed to clear a path for Trump to take a photo holding a Bible.
“And rather than saying I’m proud to walk with my president, or the office of the president, if you want, he was apologizing all over the place,” Trump said, going on to criticize Milley’s military leadership.
“And when you look at what he did in Afghanistan, I think it was the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country—leaving $85 billion dollars behind of the best equipment in the world, Apache helicopters and everything. And obviously our 12 warriors, incredible warriors, killed,” Trump said, presumably referring to the 13 service members who were killed in an attack at the Kabul airport.
Moving to wrap up the interview, Bailey asked Trump, “There are between 90-100 million evangelicals in America. And, as you know, our Flashpoint audience is [a] highly motivated part of that group. What’s your message to them? How should they stay engaged with you and the nation during this tumultuous time?”
In response, Trump said, “So, nobody has done more for Christianity, or for evangelicals, or for religion itself than I have. So many different things. Getting rid of the Johnson amendment. You know that. That’s where people like you that we want to hear weren’t able to speak, because you’ll lose your tax exempt status.”
In 2017, then President Trump signed an executive order that sought to ease restrictions on churches and religious leaders making partisan political endorsements. However, the Johnson amendment has not been repealed.
Trump went on to criticize the Biden administration, saying, “He’s turned out to be far worse than anybody ever thought. You talk about abortion. You talk about all of the subjects that you do every Sunday and all during the week. And he’s terrible on these subjects. And he lied.”