Following the president’s remarks to the nation on Tuesday, Raddatz started by commending the “very profitable evacuation” of over 120,000 individuals, however harassed, “he was conflating the withdrawal with the evacuation.”
“The evacuation occurred as a result of the withdrawal was- they didn’t notice the Taliban would take over so rapidly, they didn’t notice that the [Afghan government] would fall in 11 days and that is why you ended up with this chaos,” Raddatz informed ABC Information anchor David Muir.
Raddatz then recalled numerous guarantees Biden made on July 8 that had been finally not stored throughout the turbulent withdrawal.
“Simply on July eighth, the president was saying there was going to be no circumstance the place you see individuals being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the USA from Afghanistan. They had been clinging to airplanes in these early days,” Raddatz stated. “He was touting the Afghan forces, saying ‘I belief the capability of the Afghan army. The president stated they had been prepared, they had been ready for this, however nobody was ready for 11 days for the Taliban to take over.”
“The president additionally promising on July eighth that we will assure the security of the interpreters. There are millions of interpreters in Afghanistan proper now who’re determined and frightened,” Raddatz continued.
The ABC Information correspondent additionally pointed to Biden’s interview with George Stephanopoulos when he vowed that each one Individuals can be out amid the troop withdrawal however solely “90 %” have been rescued.
“That ten % proper now continues to be scared and doesn’t know precisely how they’re gonna get out,” Raddatz added.
Critics on social media panned Biden’s “offended” speech that took a “victory lap” for the Afghan withdrawal whereas additionally blaming his predecessor, former President Trump for hanging a take care of the Taliban.