Biden administration blames Trump administration for Afghanistan withdrawal chaos: “They had no plan.”
Joe Biden’s administration released a report Thursday blaming Donald Trump’s administration (2017-2021) for. not having developed any plan to facilitate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 20 years of war.
According to a summary of the document, released by the White House, the Trump Administration did not provide Biden with any plans on how to carry out the troop withdrawal or on how to evacuate U.S. citizens. in the country, as well as their Afghan allies.
“There was not, in fact, no plan in place when President Biden came into office” in January 2021, the document explains.
At a press conference, John Kirby, one of the White House spokespersons, focused on this lack of preparation by Trump and assured that the decisions made by the former president “limited” the options available to Biden.
Among other things, Kirby cited Trump’s decision to downgrade the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to 2,500, the lowest point since the start of the war in 2001.and claimed that it did not allocate sufficient resources to a system for granting visas to U.S. Afghan allies.
According to the spokesman, Biden’s team used the months leading up to his arrival at the White House and after he won the November 2020 election to ask Trump’s advisers to the plans drawn up to evacuate Afghanistanbut found that there was nothing.
This Thursday, the White House sent to Congress the full version of the report with classified information and where analyzes the preparations made by the U.S. for the withdrawal.which was marked by the attack on the Kabul airport, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and in which some 170 Afghan civilians and 13 US soldiers were killed.
The chaotic withdrawal in August 2021 meant a drop in Biden’s approval ratings.He was unable to get all the Afghans who had fought on Washington’s side out of Afghanistan and had to watch the Taliban take billions of dollars worth of U.S. military hardware.
The Republican opposition in Congress has criticized the way in which the Biden Administration carried out the exit from Afghanistan and has been for months now calling for the report to be turned over to them.which finally happened this Thursday.
The aim of the document is to draw lessons from what happened in Afghanistan for the future. It was drafted over the last few months by different government agencies, including the Defense and State departments.