Psaki ‘split’ on whether military advisers told Biden to keep troops in Afghanistan

Psaki ‘split’ on whether military advisers told Biden to keep troops in Afghanistan


After the nation’s top military advisers told a Senate panel that they advised President Biden to maintain a 2,500 troop level in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to confirm that he received that recommendation but decided to ignore it and withdraw anyway. 

That narrative, as well as the ones portrayed by two top generals and Biden’s defense secretary, fly in the face of what Biden told ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos last month, when he flat-out denied that his military advisers counseled him to keep a force of 2,500 in the war-torn country.

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that they advised the president to maintain the small troop presence in Afghanistan. 

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said military advisers presented President Biden with a range of viewpoints.EPA

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