Joe Biden says it will be “ difficult to meet the May 1 deadline ” that Donald Trump has negotiated for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan – but says the US will “ not stay long ”
- Biden cited ‘tactical reasons’
- He said it would be “difficult” to meet a May 1 withdrawal deadline
- Said the US would leave in an “orderly manner.”
- But he said he “can’t imagine” US troops being there in a year
- There are currently about 2,500 US troops there.
President Joe Biden said at his first formal press conference that it would be “difficult” to meet a May 1 deadline to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, the site of the country’s longest war.
“It will be difficult to meet the May 1 deadline,” he said when asked about the approaching deadline, negotiated by his predecessor, President Donald Trump.
“For tactical reasons alone, difficult to get those troops out,” Biden said, when asked about his plans on Thursday.
“It will be difficult to meet the May 1 deadline,” said President Joe Biden when asked if he would have US troops out of Afghanistan by that date.
He said the nation coordinated with allies and allowed, “If we leave, we will do so in a safe and orderly manner.”
Asked about his earlier writings that it was time to end the country’s “eternal wars,” Biden added, “I don’t mean to stay there long.”
“How and under what circumstances do we live up to that agreement made by President Trump to leave under a deal that looks like it couldn’t be worked out at first – how is that done?” he said.
The US has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001
President Donald Trump’s administration negotiated the departure date before leaving office
He did not give details of the calendar.
‘But we won’t be staying long. We will leave. The question is when we leave, ”he said. Asked if there would be any more US troops in a year, Biden replied, “I can’t imagine that is the case.”
The Trump administration negotiated the deadline in talks with the Taliban in February 2020. It linked withdrawal with the Taliban who severed ties with Al Qaeda and ending attacks on US forces.
There are currently about 2,500 US troops there.
Some advisers fear that a total withdrawal will lead to more chaos in the country.