On Sunday, April 25, Vice President Kamala Harris said that she was the last person in the room before President Joe Biden decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Harris made the comments in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” New York Post reported.
The vice president confirmed Biden’s statement that he wanted her to be “the last voice in the room” when it came to the decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced its intention to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan. Since Oct. 2001, when the United States invaded Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, American troops have been stationed there.
“This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage,” Harris said, regarding the decision.
“I have seen him over and over again make decisions based exactly on what he believes is right,” she added.
Approximately 2,500 U.S. troops are now stationed in Afghanistan.
Former President Donald Trump had wanted to withdraw by May 1, and his administration had reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw American troops. Still, Biden said that the deadline would be hard to meet because of “tactical reasons.”
In his statement, Trump said that Biden should pull out the troops even sooner.
“First, we can and should get out earlier. Nineteen years is enough, in fact, far too much and way too long. I made early withdraw possible by already pulling much of our billions of dollars of equipment out and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there (likewise in Iraq, and zero troops in Syria except for the area where we KEPT THE OIL),” the statement read.
“Secondly, Sept. 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost. Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible,” he added.
Former President Donald Trump says President Joe Biden should not delay departure from Afghanistan past Trump’s May 1 deadline, and definitely not to September 11. pic.twitter.com/jPN86eZEsq
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 18, 2021