ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz tore up President Biden’s speech marking the completion of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Following the president’s remarks to the nation on Tuesday, Raddatz began by praising the “very successful evacuation” of more than 120,000 people, but stressed “that he confused the withdrawal with the evacuation”.
“The evacuation happened because the withdrawal was – they didn’t know the Taliban would take over so quickly, they didn’t know the [Afghan government] would fall in 11 days and that’s why you ended up with this chaos, “Raddatz told ABC News anchor David Muir.
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Raddatz then recalled various promises made by Biden on July 8 that were ultimately broken during the eventful withdrawal.
“Just on July 8, the president was saying that there would be no circumstance where you would see people being lifted off the roof of a United States embassy from Afghanistan. They were clinging to planes at that time. “said Raddatz. “He was praising the Afghan forces, saying ‘I have confidence in the capacity of the Afghan army. The president said they were ready, they were prepared for it, but no one was prepared for 11 days. for the Taliban to take over. “
“The president also promised on July 8 that we can guarantee the safety of the interpreters. There are currently thousands of interpreters in Afghanistan who are desperate and frightened,” Raddatz continued.
The ABC News correspondent also highlighted Biden’s interview with George Stephanopoulos when he vowed that all Americans would be absent when the troops were withdrawn, but that only “90 percent” were saved.
“Those ten percent right now are still scared and don’t know exactly how they’re going to get out,” Raddatz added.
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Critics on social media criticized Biden’s “angry” speech that took a “victory lap” for the Afghan withdrawal while accusing his predecessor, former President Trump, of making a deal with the Taliban.