Mitch McConnell slams Biden for leaving 15,000 Americans ‘stranded’ at the mercy of the Taliban and says his botched withdrawal has put their lives in danger
- Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed President Joe Biden on CBS Nightly News on Wednesday
- In discussion with anchor Norah O’Donnell, McConnell stated that Biden should have kept a ‘light touch’ in Afghanistan
- The number of troops deployed to Afghanistan doubled after 15,000 Americans were left in the country without resources to leave
- President Trump allegedly planned to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in May 1 before the end of his presidency
In an ABC interview on Wednesday, Biden said that he ‘didn’t see a way to withdraw from Afghanistan without chaos.’
But that cut little ice with McConnell, who told ‘CBS Nightly News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell hours later: ‘We shouldn’t have made this decision in the first place. We only had 2,500 troops there, light touch, no chaos, not a single American soldier killed in a year in combat.
‘We’ve now left 10,000 to 15,000 American citizens behind enemy lines with no plan to get them to the airport to get out. And ironically, we have more troops in Afghanistan now trying to rescue our people than we had before this unbelievably bad decision to precipitously withdraw.’
Republican Senate Minority Leader criticized Joe Biden on a ‘CBS Nightly News’ with anchor Norah O’Donnell
McConnell slammed the idea of Biden doubling the amount of troops overseas in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over Afghanistan leaving 15,000 Americans stranded
Around 2,500 US service personnel were stationed in Afghanistan prior to the withdrawal earlier this month. But 6,000 have now been deployed to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport to try and safely evacuate Americans trapped there, as well as Afghan refugees granted visas to live in the U.S.
O’Donnell said in the beginning of the interview with McConnell that Biden planned to have U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan until all Americans have left the country.
‘The president should leave no American behind. I’ll leave it up to him to figure out how to correct the mistake that he made,’ McConnell said.
‘He took this enormous risk in order to pursue basically a poll-tested line that we’ve ended the longest war and we’re bringing everybody home — a political decision that produced catastrophic consequences.’
According to CBS News, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also mentioned that the process to move U.S. citizens and Afghan allies needs to move faster due to the current circumstances.
President Biden initially intended to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Ex-president Trump initially planned to withdraw U.S. troops as well before the end of his presidency
In response to O’Donnell’s questions about whether former President Trump should accept responsibility after calling for a withdrawal by May 1 this year, McConnell responded with: ‘President Biden didn’t have to make this decision based upon what a previous president decided to do. He should have done the right thing for the country. This was entirely predictable.’
‘Afghanistan will shortly return to exactly why we went there in the first place.’
The US invaded the country in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 after discovering the terror attack had been plotted there.
But they let mastermind Osama bin Laden slip away, and he wasn’t assassinated til 2011.
Despite Biden’s defense, the Taliban has overtaken Afghanistan in which they fell 11 days after withdrawal, with the president admitting there were up to 65,000 Afghans and their families eligible for US visas.
A total of 15,000 American citizens and allies were left stranded in Afghanistan with no signs of a safe passage home according to the U.S. Government.
On Wednesday, 1,800 Americans were evacuated on 10 C-17s. A total of 6,000 have so far been evacuated, with the US government claiming they’ll leave the country once and for all on August 21.
65,000 Afghan refugees are attempting to leave their homeland after the Taliban takeover