McConnell: Biden troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 'a global embarrassment'

McConnell: Biden troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 'a global embarrassment'


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Biden administration’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after two decades a “reckless rush for the exits” and “a global embarrassment.”

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the hasty withdrawal has allowed the Taliban to reclaim vital parts of the county and close in on Kabul.

“President Biden and his team are desperate to duck hard questions about Afghanistan,” McConnell said. “But the American people deserve answers. They deserve to understand the risks of this trajectory and how the commander in chief plans to keep us safe against a terrorist enemy that his own senior advisers admit will be allowed to regroup thanks to his actions.”

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Biden announced plans to withdraw troops back in April and planned to conclude the pullout by Sept. 11. Last week, Biden said troops will be gone by the end of August. Military officials said 90% of the withdrawal is now complete.

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