President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he doesn’t know how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could have been handled better than what his administration has done over the last week.
Biden made the shocking comments during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
As interviewer George Stephanopoulos begins to get into how the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, Biden said that he doesn’t think the exit from Afghanistan could have been handled better, and “the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
Stephanopoulos then asked the president, “So, you don’t think this could have been handled — this exit could have been handled better in any way, no mistakes?”
Biden replied, “No. I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that — we’re going to go back in hindsight and look — but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
“I don’t know how that happened,” Biden replied.
Many Americans have been shocked by the complete disaster of the withdrawal – with as many as 15,000 Americans still stuck in the country, and billions worth of U.S. military equipment falling into the hands of the Taliban.
Biden’s comments are particularly notable given that the withdrawal doesn’t appear to be anywhere near completion – rather it has just begun.
NBC News reported that the Biden administration told Americans who are a currently trapped in Afghanistan that the government cannot guarantee their safety in getting to the evacuation point at Kabul airport.
Perhaps the most disturbing comments came from Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who said that the United States doesn’t have the “capability” to “get large numbers of people out,” and that evacuations will run “until the clock runs out.”
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump criticized Biden’s withdrawal strategy or lack thereof.
“You are dealing with thousands and thousands of Americans and others that are stranded and very dangerously really stranded in Afghanistan,” Trump said. “So it’s something that you can’t even believe, a thing like this.”
Trump added, “I looked at that big monster cargo plane yesterday with people grabbing the side and trying to get flown out of Afghanistan because of their incredible fear, and they’re blowing off of the plane from 2,000 feet up in the air, nobody has ever seen anything like that.”
“That blows the helicopters in Vietnam away,” Trump said. “That is not even a contest.”
“It has been the most humiliating period of time that I’ve ever seen,” Trump insisted.
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