Top House Republican Blasts Biden’s Claims About Afghanistan: ‘Devoid Of Reality’
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 25: Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, conducts a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol to call on President Biden to publicly commit to continue evacuating people from Afghanistan until all Americans and all special immigrant visas (SIV) applicants have been safely evacuated, on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
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House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) slammed President Joe Biden for remarks that he made claiming that he was right about his decision to pull out from Afghanistan — after his own administration admitted in a report that they had made numerous mistakes.

McCaul was asked Sunday on CNN to respond to Biden’s remarks from a couple weeks ago, when the 80-year-old president claimed that he was “right” about Afghanistan.

“Do you admit there was mistakes during the withdrawal and before?” a reporter asked Biden.

“No, no, all the evidence is coming back there, remember what I said about Afghanistan? I said al Qaeda would not be there. I said it wouldn’t be there,” Biden said. “I said we would get help from the Taliban. What’s happening now? What’s going on? Read your press. I was right.”

When asked for his reaction, McCaul said that Biden’s words were “devoid of reality.”

“Jake, it’s a little bit eerie that a president of the United States would have so — be so disillusioned about what’s happening on the ground in Afghanistan, the idea that al Qaeda is gone,” McCaul said. “His own secretary of defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff, Milley, have said al Qaeda is on the rise in Afghanistan. He’s saying they’re gone. He’s saying the Taliban are helping us.”

“What happened right after he withdrew? Zawahiri was harbored by the Haqqani Network, which is al Qaeda, essentially,” he continued. “So, you got Haqqani and the Taliban harboring Zawahiri, al Qaeda, bin Laden’s number two guy, in Afghanistan right after the fall. And now he’s saying, I was right. The Taliban is helping us and al Qaeda is gone.”

McCaul said that it was “bizarre” that a president “would be so devoid of his own foreign policy.”

“This is a huge foreign policy blunder,” he added.


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