Sen. Ben Sasse, R‑Neb., said Tuesday that President Biden “lied” about his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan for political purposes after top defense officials said the president didn’t take their advice on keeping 2,500 troops in the country.
“President Biden lied when he told the American people that nobody urged him to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan,” Sasse said in a press release. “Today, under oath, General McKenzie flatly contradicted the President. This is the worst American foreign policy disaster in a generation and the President is trying to cover his a– with political spin.”
The senator was referring to comments made Tuesday by the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who said during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he recommended the U.S. maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during the same hearing that he also made the recommendation, appearing to contradict Biden’s statements that he couldn’t “recall” any such advice.
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