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General Mark Milley along with other top Pentagon leaders openly contradicted President Biden’s claim that he was never told more troops would be needed to prevent Afghanistan from falling apart.

As Fox News reports:

Top military officials on Tuesday testified that they assessed that the U.S. should maintain a presence of at least 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitting that their input was “received” by President Biden, despite Biden’s claims to the contrary.

McKenzie and Milley both testified that they recommended maintaining a presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“I won’t share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation,” McKenzie testified. “And I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.”

Milley was also pressed on the matter, saying that while he would not share his “personal” recommendations made to the president, his assessment was, “back in the fall of 2020, and remained consistent throughout, that we should keep a steady state of 2,500 and it could bounce up to 3,500, maybe, something like that, in order to move toward a negotiated solution.”

Milley and Mckenzie’s testimony seem to suggest that President Biden may have purposefully misled the American people about the truth behind his decision to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.


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