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special: Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, is firing back at the White House for releasing a memo defending the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan nearly a year ago, calling the claims “patently false” and an attempt at a chaotic withdrawal. carpet
A spokesman for President Biden’s National Security Council issued a memo this week defending the administration. Withdraw from AfghanistanThe president “refuses to send another generation of Americans into a war that should have ended long ago,” according to a copy of the document obtained by Fox News Digital.
The White House memo comes after the House Foreign Affairs Committee released a critical report on the withdrawal, which killed 13 U.S. service members, accused the administration of failing to evacuate U.S.-trained Afghan military personnel, leaving at least 800 Americans behind enemy lines, and a key national security threat. creating a threat.
“Most of the claims made in this memo are demonstrably false and are all the same talking points that the president has been repeating for over a year in his efforts to sweep the devastating Afghanistan evacuation under the rug,” said McCaul, who serves in the post. The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee told Fox News Digital on Monday.
Residence of the US President The memo called the Republican review a “biased report” that is “full of mischaracterizations, cherry-picked information and false claims” and placed much of the blame on former President Donald Trump.
“Former President Trump’s 2020 deal with the Taliban empowered the Taliban, weakened our partners in the Afghan government, and committed to withdrawing our forces months after President Biden’s inauguration — with no clear plan for what to do next,” a National Security Council spokesperson wrote in the report.
McCall took issue with the White House’s argument that the Doha deal was to blame, as Biden said he would have ordered an unconditional withdrawal even without the deal.
During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos last August, Biden responded that he would have “tried to figure out how to withdraw those troops, yes” in response to a question if he had withdrawn troops without a deal.
The Republican lawmaker also blasted the White House for failing to provide the investigation with requested documents, despite quickly producing a counter-memo to his committee’s report.
“For some of the responses we actually got, they didn’t provide us with any of the documents we requested, and many of the letters were clearly cross-language responses,” McCall added in a statement to Fox News Digital.
Thousands of Afghans flock to Kabul’s airport as US troops prepare to leave in August 2021. A suicide bomber detonated a 20-pounder. Explosives near airport During the chaos, 13 US troops and 170 others were killed.
McCall’s report noted that the Biden administration was not prepared for the move.
When the country first fell to the Taliban on August 15, there were only 15 consular officers at Kabul airport and only 36 in total for the entire migration.
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.