The White House rejected former President George W. Bush’s criticism on Thursday of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
“We certainly respect the right of the former president to voice his view on Afghanistan and the president’s decision,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at Thursday’s briefing.
Psaki said that Biden shared Bush’s concern about Afghan women but that it was not the first time the Democrat and the Republican have “not seen eye to eye” on the use of military force.
As a senator, Biden voted to authorize both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration. The United States invaded Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
While serving as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden supported an expansive authorization for the use of military force in Iraq after