President Joe Biden on Friday downplayed a confidential State Division cable warning in July of Afghanistan’s attainable collapse because the Taliban swept by way of the nation.
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A transcript is as follows:
REPORTER: We discovered over the past 24 hours that there was a dissent cable from the State Division saying that the Taliban would come quicker by way of Afghanistan. Are you able to say after why that cable was issued that the U.S. didn’t do extra to get extra Individuals out?
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I’ve every kind of cables, every kind of recommendation. In case you discover, it ranges from this group saying that they didn’t say when it could fall when it did fall to saying it wouldn’t occur for a very long time and so they’d be capable of maintain themselves till the top of the yr. I made the choice, the buck stops with me. I took the consensus opinion. The consensus opinion was that, actually, it could not happen, if it had been to happen, later within the yr. It was my resolution.