Biden estaba hablando con periodistas en Shanksville., Bien., en el 20 aniversario de la 9/11 ataques y se le preguntó si la retirada de EE. UU.. fuerzas a finales de agosto marca una nueva etapa para el país.
“If you had told anybody that we were going to spend $ 300 million a day for 20 years to try to unite the country after we got [Usama] Bin Laden, after al Qaeda was wiped out there,” él dijo. “Can al Qaeda come back? Yeh but guess what? It’s already back in other places.”
“What’s the strategy? Every place where al Qaeda is, we’re going to invade and have troops there? Vamos,” él dijo.
Biden has been heavily criticized for his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has seen a sharp drop in poll numbers. Scenes of chaos at the Kabul airport, as well as difficulties in evacuating Americans, contributed to that criticism – particularly among Republicans.
El viernes, former President Donald Trump took aim at Biden in an interview with Fox News, saying of the withdrawal: “There has never been anything like this. It looks like we fled, and it is all because we have an incompetent person as the leader of our country.”
En sábado, Biden suggested Americans were supportive of getting out of Afghanistan, where the U.S. invaded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to neutralize al Qaeda and Bin Laden, and cited polling that 70% de los estadounidenses pensó que era hora de irse.
“Pero lo bueno es que no les gustó la forma en que salimos, pero es difícil de explicar a nadie, ¿De qué otra manera podrías salir??” preguntó.
“Por ejemplo, if we were in Tajikistan, we pulled up a C-130 and said, ‘we’re going to let you know anybody who was involved with being sympathetic to us to get in the plane,’ you’d have people hanging in the wheel well,” él agregó. “Come on.”
Los Estados Unidos. is currently evacuating what it estimates will be 95,000 Afghan evacuees A los E.U. over the next year via U.S. military airbases in the region and in Europe, that includes Special Immigration Visa (SIV) applicants as well as other Afghans involved in the U.S operation and also Afghans deemed “at risk.”
Those flights were temporarily halted on Friday after multiple cases of measles were identified among arrivals in the U.S.
During the evacuation period, in which Kabul airport was overwhelmed with those seeking to flee Afghanistan, there were images of Afghans clinging to wheels of planes departing the country. Separately, the the United States Air Force said that human remains were found in the wheel well of one C-17 aircraft that departed from Kabul.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.