McConnell: Biden troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 'a global embarrassment'

Mitch McConnell. Associated Press file photo.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Biden administration's plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after two decades a "reckless rush for the exits" and "a global embarrassment."

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the hasty withdrawal has allowed the Taliban to reclaim vital parts of the county and close in on Kabul.

"President Biden and his team are desperate to duck hard questions about Afghanistan," McConnell said. "But the American people deserve answers. They deserve to understand the risks of this trajectory and how the commander in chief plans to keep us safe against a terrorist enemy that his own senior advisers admit will be allowed to regroup thanks to his actions."

Biden announced plans to withdraw troops back in April and planned to conclude the pullout by Sept. 11. Last week, Biden said troops will be gone by the end of August. Military officials said 90% of the withdrawal is now complete.

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Several hundred troops will remain to provide security around the United States Embassy in Kabul.

"The Taliban is hunting down the U.S.-trained pilots who help defend the Afghan people," McConnell said. "It's wiped out scores of special forces resisting its advance. As the Taliban moves toward threatening Kabul, the Biden administration seems to have no plan to efficiently process special visas for the Afghans who helped us and no plan to get those people safe passage to our embassy or out of the country."

Democrats have praised Biden for withdrawing troops, who were first deployed in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001.

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While McConnell and other Republicans criticized Biden's withdrawal as hasty and dangerous to U.S. troops, former President Donald Trump called the move "wonderful."

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