By Daily Wire. President Joe Biden faced backlash on Tuesday after top U.S. military leaders, testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, directly contradicted what Biden told the American public during an interview over the summer amidst the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie gave their testimonies under oath in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee over Biden’s chaotic pullout from Afghanistan last month.
Biden faced widespread criticism, comparing his prior remarks, made during an interview back in August with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, with statements the generals gave today — statements which appeared to directly contradict what Biden said.
Numerous top Republicans online wrote that “Biden lied.” . . .
Top generals told lawmakers under oath that they advised President Joe Biden early this year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan — directly contradicting the president’s comments in August that no one warned him not to withdraw troops from the country. pic.twitter.com/cqGmpcJkJI
— POLITICO (@politico) September 28, 2021
McKenzie said that the recommendation that he gave to Biden was “shaped” by his honest opinion of the situation in Afghanistan, which was that the U.S. needed to “maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan” and that pulling out those forces would “lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces and eventually the Afghan government.” (Read more from “‘Biden Lied’: President Blasted After Top Generals Testify” HERE)
Senator Grills Top Generals on Afghanistan Withdrawal
By Daily Caller. Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton confronted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley during a Tuesday hearing. . .
Cotton began by asking the generals whether they had advised Biden to keep a small contingent of American troops in Afghanistan — and while they declined to comment on actual conversations they had with the president, they all agreed that their assessment had been in favor of leaving some 2500 troops on the ground.
Cotton then pointed to Biden’s claim that no military leader had advised him to leave a small troop presence in Afghanistan. “Is that true?” he asked Austin.
“Senator Cotton, I believe that – first of all, I know the president to be an honest and forthright man, and secondly –” Austin began.
“It’s a simple question, Secretary Austin,” Cotton interrupted. “He said no senior military leader advised him to leave small troop presence behind. Is that true or not? Did these officers’ and Gen. Milley’s recommendations get to the president personally?” (Read more from “Senator Grills Top Generals on Afghanistan Withdrawal” HERE)
Reporter Grills Psaki After Top Generals Contradict Biden’s Public Claims on Afghanistan Withdrawal
By Daily Caller. Reporters asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki during Tuesday’s press briefing about top generals who testified that they opposed President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran asked Psaki who had advised the president to withdraw from Afghanistan. During Tuesday’s testimony, both Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley stated that they had been in favor of leaving 2,500 troops on the ground.
Biden previously claimed that no senior military leader advised him to leave some troops behind.
“Who in his military advisers told him it would be fine to pull everybody out?” Moran asked during the briefing.
After generals testify that they opposed Pres. Biden’s decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, White House press sec. Jen Psaki tells @TerryMoran that “ultimately it is up to the commander-in-chief to make a decision.” https://t.co/WrXZhuQ3pZ pic.twitter.com/Duqp6nLxdf
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 28, 2021
“I’m not going to get into specific details of who recommended what,” the press secretary said. She added that “there were recommendations made by a range of his advisers” and Biden had “welcomed” the input. (Read more from “Reporter Grills Psaki After Top Generals Contradict Biden’s Public Claims on Afghanistan Withdrawal” HERE)
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