September 28, 2021
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after General McKenzie stated he recommended keeping 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. President Biden last month denied that any such recommendation was given.
“President Biden lied when he told the American people that nobody urged him to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. Today, under oath, General McKenzie flatly contradicted the President. This is the worst American foreign policy disaster in a generation and the President is trying to cover his ass with political spin. Throughout this bloody and shameful disaster, President Biden has relied on lies, spin, and happy talk to get from one news cycle to the next. This is not a PR crisis -- this is a moral crisis of the President's own making."
Today, under oath, Gen. McKenzie said: "I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan."
On August 19, President Biden had the following exchange with ABC News:
George Stephanopoulos: "So no one told -- your military advisors did not tell you, 'No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It's been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that'?
President Biden: "No. No one said that to me that I can recall."