Joe Biden claims 'chaos' was inevitable in Kabul
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Joe Biden has defended his Kabul evacuation strategy, saying “no mistakes” were made. It came after former White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked the president whether he could have handled the exit better.
Speaking on ABC news, George Stephanopoulos asked Joe Biden: “Could have been handled the session could have been handled better in any way?
The president then replied with a firm “no”.
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He said: “I don’t think it could have been handled in a way.
“We were gonna 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.”
The host interjected: “So for you, that was always priced into the decision?”
The president said: “Yes.”
Since Biden’s withdrawal of US troops, he has stood “squarely” on his decision.
He spoke to the American public on Monday: “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces. That’s why we’re still there.”
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“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war, and dying in a war, that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”
Biden does not think he could have handled the exit any better.
At least seven people died in the chaos as they clung onto air planes in attempts to flee Kabul after the government swiftly collapsed.
The president is facing intense criticism over his Kabul strategy for winding down the nearly 20-year-old war in Afghanistan that started with a U.S. invasion after the 9/11 attacks.
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