Liberal Fox News host Chris Wallace called out the Biden administration for its disastrous handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in a scathing interview Sunday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Wallace pressed Blinken to explain statements President Joe Biden has made in the wake of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban that the Fox host said have been “flat wrong.”
According to Breitbart, Wallace particularly pointed to comments from Biden suggesting that U.S. allies have supported America’s withdrawal strategy. “I have seen no question of marketability from our allies around the world,” the president had said, according to Breitbart. “I’ve got the exact opposite. We are acting with dispatch. We are committing to what we said we would do.”
“The biggest debacle” in NATO’s history
As Wallace noted, Biden has faced pushback from the likes of German lawmakers. “Armin Laschet, the likely successor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said, ‘This is the biggest debacle that NATO has seen since its foundation,'” the Fox host reported, according to Breitbart.
And Germany isn’t the only ally that has blasted President Biden; many top figures in the United Kingdom are also said to be furious with Biden.
Pressed to explain Biden’s clear lies on the subject, Secretary Blinken told Wallace: “I spent more time with our NATO partners in Brussels virtually, from before the president made his decision, to when he made his decision, to every time since. We’ve been working very, very closely together.”
Of course, that non-answer fails to explain why the president is telling the American people everything is fine, even as our allies blast him.
“Step back for one second”
But Wallace wasn’t done there. “The president on Friday said a few other things that were flat wrong,” the Fox host said in another part of the interview, pointing to Biden’s insistence that al-Qaida is no longer a threat in Afghanistan. “What the president said just wasn’t true,” Wallace charged.
Blinken told the host to “step back for one second” before eventually conceding that al-Qaida still exists in the central Asian nation. “Al-Qaida’s capacity to do what it did on 9/11, to attack us, to attack our partners or allies, from Afghanistan is vastly, vastly diminished,” he qualified. “Are there al-Qaida members and remnants in Afghanistan? Yes. But what the president was referring to was its capacity to do what it did on 9/11, and that capacity has been very successfully diminished.”
If Biden’s latest approval numbers are any indication, however, it’s clear the American people just aren’t buying it.
Take a look at Wallace’s full interview with Blinken, courtesy of Fox News: