President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE on Friday said he has yet to hear any allies question the credibility of the United States amid the chaotic withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.
"I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world," Biden said following remarks on the ongoing evacuation effort in Afghanistan.
"The fact of the matter is I have not seen that. As a matter of fact, the opposite I’ve gotten," Biden added. "The exact opposite. We’re acting with dispatch. We’re acting, committing, doing what we said we would do."
Biden said he's spoken with NATO allies and that "every one of them knew and agreed with the decision I made to end, jointly end, our involvement with Afghanistan."
The president has in recent days had phone calls separately with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench ambassador to Australia blasts sub deal with US: 'Way you treat your allies does resonate' America's subplot and Europe caught in the undertow UN agency to pay salaries of Afghan health care workers MORE and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Biden administration breaks down climate finance roadmap Obama to attend Glasgow climate summit Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE has been in touch with NATO officials, and White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — World leaders call for enhanced cooperation to fight wave of ransomware attacks White House weighing steps to address gas shortages World leaders call for enhanced cooperation to fight escalating wave of ransomware attacks MORE has spoken to several of his counterparts around the world, Biden said.
The Biden administration has sparked some concern among allies with the messy nature of evacuating troops and personnel from Afghanistan, as well as Afghan civilians who aided the American war effort.
British officials were frustrated they were not more closely consulted given the number of forces they have in the country, and the White House has faced questions in recent days about whether South Korea, Taiwan, Israel or others who rely on U.S. military protection should be concerned given what's unfolding in Afghanistan.
“To see their commander-in-chief [the US president, Joe Biden] call into question the courage of men I fought with – to claim that they ran – is shameful,” U.K. MP Tom Tugendhat, the conservative chair of the foreign affairs committee and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, said during a contentious Parliamentarian session on Wednesday.