Nowhere to hide, Joe: President takes fetal position as he succumbs to questions from Fox News reporter Peter Doocy and tries to blame Trump for Afghanistan catastrophe
- The president relied on the script of a list of reporters he had “ordered” to use
- Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked if he was responsible for what happened
- Biden said he was responsible for ‘essentially everything that’s happened lately’
- Then he pointed to the deal the Trump administration had made with the Taliban
- It forced the US to a departure date and the Taliban pledged not to attack US troops
- Deal also releases 5,000 Taliban prisoners from Afghan prisons
- Biden extended the date but stuck to the departure
- He said the deal was the reason there had been no attacks on Americans
- A ‘suicide bomb’ attack resulted in the deaths of 12 US servicemen
Joe Biden got into a tense discussion with Fox News’ “interesting” Peter Doocy when the president once again took on the Trump administration to negotiate a deal with the Taliban that he said was framed in his options.
Biden went off a pre-planned list of reporters he said had been “ordered to appeal” following his comments about the situation in Afghanistan and the terror attack that killed 13 servicemen on Thursday.
After going through a list, Biden chose to select “the most interesting man I know in the press” as one of only six reporters he called on, Doocy, who also followed Biden on the campaign trail.
“Not a US soldier has been killed in combat since February 2020,” Doocy told him. “You set a deadline, you withdrew troops, you sent troops back, and now 12 Marines are dead,” he said, at a time when the Pentagon had confirmed a lower number.
“You said the buck is soaking you. Do you bear any responsibility for the conduct of the past two weeks?’
President Joe Biden bowed his head as he listened to a question from Fox News’ Steve Doocy as he answered questions after providing an update on the situation in Afghanistan and the deaths of 12 servicemen
Doocy asked Biden if he was responsible for what happened, as he ordered the withdrawal of the troops.
“I bear responsibility for everything that has happened lately,” Biden replied, before pointing to the US deal with the Taliban for the departure of all US troops on May 1.
“You know—I wish you’d say these things someday,” he told Doocy. “You know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban to get all US troops out of Afghanistan by May 1. In return, a commitment was made that was made a year earlier … the Taliban will continue to attack others, but would not attack US troops.”
‘Remember that?’ he asked his interlocutor. ‘I am serious. I’m asking you a question,” he said to Doocy.
“Is that right, yes or no,” Biden said, trying to get Doocy to commit to an answer.
Biden had a tense conversation with Fox News’ Steve Doocy
“You know as well as I do that the former president made a deal with the Taliban that he would pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by May 1,” Bide told Doocy. Here, Trump Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Taliban political affairs chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha, Qatar, on September 12, 2020
The talks resulted in the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners as the US pledged to withdraw by a certain date
Former President Trump has labeled Biden’s approach to Afghanistan as incompetent. Trump reduced the number of troops to 2,500 after negotiating a departure date. “I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11 as a date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan for two reasons,” Trump wrote in April. ‘First we can and must leave earlier’
Thursday’s terror attack, which Biden attributed to ISIS-K, now poses a major political and military challenge
When Doocy pushed back and questioned him, Biden bowed his head clearly in frustration.
Doocy instead asked about critics of the policy. “I think they have a problem where people can get hurt. As we’ve seen, some have been murdered, and it’s messy.”
“The reason why, whether my friend will acknowledge or report it, the reason why there were no attacks on Americans… agree not to attack any American. That was the agreement. That’s why no American was attacked.’
Biden said after some back and forth that he stood by his decision to withdraw.
“Imagine where we would be if I had indicated on May 1 that I would not renegotiate an evacuation date, we would stay there,” he said.
“I would have only one alternative: send thousands of troops back to Afghanistan to fight a war we’ve already won relative to why we went in the first place.”