Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), A member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, told CNBC that the deadline set by the Biden administration to withdraw troops from Afghanistan prompted the United States to establish an exit easier of the country or to ask for more time. limited their negotiating capacity.
“This administration determined that September 11 was the timeframe that we were moving on, and this administration also determined that August 31 was the time that they were working on, and that’s how the books were in some ways. What we were able to do and the deadline we were able to do was because we had to withdraw within that time frame, ”said Hulahan, an Air Force veteran.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified Monday for the first time since the chaotic United States withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 31. He told lawmakers the White House inherited a deadline from the Trump administration to step down without a plan, and underscored the Trump administration’s agreement. The Taliban had only two options with them: withdraw or send more troops, escalate the war and inflict losses.
Houlahan also admitted that the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban was not conducive to an effective withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I would like to let the Biden administration know that there have been some very dire things in terms of talks with the Taliban and that the Afghan government was not included in their plans,” Hulahan said in an interview. Monday evening. The News with Shepard Smith.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.