President Joe Biden stood firm Friday in his decision to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and attempted to invoke optimism for the evacuation of all Americans and Afghan allies despite scenes of chaos and despair over the past week.
But throughout his remarks, the president made several claims at odds with reports from the ground in Afghanistan and even officials within his administration and seemed unaware of criticism from American allies.
‘I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.’
An easily disputable statement from Biden came in response to a question that asked for his response to American partners who have criticized the conduct of the U.S. withdrawal and questioned America’s credibility on the world stage.
“I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world. I’ve spoken with our NATO allies, we’ve spoken with NATO allies. … The fact of the matter is, I have not seen that. As a matter of fact, the exact opposite I’ve got.”
But there have been a handful of prominent names throughout Europe that have voiced anger toward Biden for the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.