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Dem congresswoman: Biden administration doesn't deserve 'any blame' for chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal | Joggingvideo.com
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Dem congresswoman: Biden administration doesn't deserve 'any blame' for chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal

President Biden’s administration doesn’t deserve any blame for the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said.

Lee made the statement during a Sunday appearance on CNN, telling host Jake Tapper that the blame largely rests with former President Donald Trump.

“I know you supported the goal of leaving Afghanistan, but do you believe President Biden deserves some blame for the way that that withdrawal spiraled out of control?” Tapper asked.

“I don’t believe the administration deserves any blame for this,” Lee responded. “We have to remember that Donald Trump made this agreement with the Taliban.”

“Secondly, the Trump administration literally gutted our State Department and our diplomatic corps,” Lee continued. “I believe that the State Department and those that were involved in this, you know, end of the Afghanistan war – which should have happened before then, I believe – did the best they could. Having said that, it wasn’t as smooth as we would have liked to have seen it.”

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President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on June 30, 2023. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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The U.S. withdrawal saw Afghan government forces collapse almost immediately against the Taliban, and 13 U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing while defending the evacuation at the Kabul airport.

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