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‘Absurd’ for Biden to claim his hands were tied by Trump’s Afghan policy


During an interview with PBS’s “Firing Line” published on Friday, writer for The Atlantic and author Elliot Ackerman pushed back against claims that the Biden administration had no choice but to follow Afghan policy. of former President Donald Trump and noted that Biden “has shown, through his administration, an ability and a willingness to unravel a host of policies that President Trump has enacted. But “Biden and President Trump are aligned on the ‘Afghanistan. They were aligned in their policies. And I wish the president owned it.

Host Margaret Hoover asked, [relevant exchange begins around 28:50] “I know you’ve been critical of both the Trump administration and the Biden administration, but do you think Biden needed to continue the policies set by the Trump administration that led to such a brutal and frankly disastrous pullout?

Ackerman replied, “No. And to insinuate that President Biden had absolutely no choice but to honor the Doha deal, which was a terrible deal, is – I mean, frankly, is absurd and extremely dishonest. So he is the President of the United States, and he has shown, through his administration, an ability and a willingness to unravel a host of policies that President Trump had adopted. The fact is, the Biden administration has continued Trump’s policies, and they own those policies. They had the ability to renegotiate with the Taliban. They had the ability to change troop levels if they felt it necessary, they had the ability to do a host of things. But Joe Biden and President Trump are aligned on Afghanistan. They were aligned in their policies. And I want the president to own it.

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett




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