Top military officials on Tuesday testified that they recommended the U.S. should keep at least 2,500 troops in Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin saying that their input was “received” by Biden.
Biden, however, claimed otherwise.
Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie stood before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday for a hearing on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
McKenzie and Milley both said that they recommended keeping some kind of a presence in Afghanistan, per Fox News.
“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” McKenzie said. “And I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.”
“I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan …