Rep. Chrissy Houlahan calls out Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

Home International Relations Committee member Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) advised CNBC that the Biden administration’s set timeline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan restricted America’s negotiating capability to arrange a smoother exit from the nation or to ask for extra time. 

“This administration decided that September 11 was the timeline that we had been transferring ahead on, and this administration additionally decided that August 31 was the timeline that they had been working in direction of, and in order that kind of cooked the books in some types of how, when it comes to what we had been capable of do and the timelines we had been capable of do it, as a result of we wanted to withdraw inside that timeline,” mentioned Houlahan, an Air Pressure veteran.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified for the primary time on Monday since America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 31. He advised lawmakers that the White Home inherited a deadline to withdraw with none plan from the Trump administration, and insisted the Trump administration’s cope with the Taliban left them with solely two choices: to both pull out or to ship in additional troops, escalate the struggle, and take casualties. 

Houlahan additionally acknowledged that the Trump administration’s cope with the Taliban was not conducive to an efficient withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I’ll give the Biden administration the very fact that there have been some fairly harmful issues that had been carried out in that plan, when it comes to negotiating with the Taliban and never together with the Afghan authorities of their plans,” mentioned Houlahan throughout a Monday night interview on “The Information with Shepard Smith.” 

The White Home didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

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