President Joe Biden announced Monday evening he would speak Tuesday afternoon regarding the end of the war in Afghanistan even as the last American troops had already left the country.
The White House released a 524-word statement Monday evening from Biden marking the end of the war, where he committed to an afternoon address to the American people Tuesday afternoon — roughly 24 hours after the last plane left the country.
The president pointed to the Pentagon and his military advisers for the decision to end the war on August 31, the date that he set for withdrawal.
“For now, I will report that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned,” he said.
He argued that the withdrawal of troops as scheduled was “the best way” to protect the lives