NBC: Biden says it's unlikely U.S. withdraws all troops from Afghanistan by deadline set by Trump
"It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline," Biden said at a Thursday news conference.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he thinks it will "be hard to meet" a May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as is required as a result of an agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year.
"It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline," Biden said at a Thursday news conference, adding, "It is not my intention to stay there for a long time. But the question is how and under what circumstances" does the withdrawal take place. "But we are not staying a long time," he continued.
Asked if U.S. troops will still be in Afghanistan next year, Biden said, "I can't picture that being the case."
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Update #1: Biden says he ‘can’t picture’ U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year (Politico). Update #2: Biden says he 'can't picture' US troops being in Afghanistan next year (CNN)
WNU Editor: The Pentagon is now saying publicly what everyone knows privately. U.S. forces will still be in Afghanistan after May 1 …. Biden Declares May 1 Deadline To Be Out of Afghanistan 'Hard to Meet' (US Department of Defense).
His generals also have a different opinion on the topic of completely withdrawing itself …. Top general: Afghan forces need US troops to fight Taliban (The Hill)Original Article
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