Cheney: ‘No question’ Biden could’ve reversed Trump troop withdrawal agreement
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Sunday argued there is “no question” that President Biden could have reversed the agreement former President Trump made with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Appearing in NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney called the deal that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo negotiated with the insurgent group a “surrender agreement.”
“[W]e sat down and negotiated with terrorists, because we completely excluded the Afghan government from those negotiations, we gave credibility to the Taliban,” she said.
“Secretary Pompeo told us that the Taliban was going to renounce al Qaeda. They told us that the Taliban was going to fight terrorists. They forced the Afghan national government, we did, to release 5,000 prisoners. So we completely undercut the Afghan national government, we absolutely emboldened the Taliban,” she added.
Host Chuck Todd then asked Cheney if she believed that Biden could have gotten out of the agreement.
“I think there is no question. You know, President Biden is the president of the United States and he’s had no problem in reversing course on other things. He decided he’s going to rejoin the [Iran nuclear deal]. He decided he’s going to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. He’s reversed a number of decisions of the Trump administration,” Cheney said.
“President Biden ignored the advice of his military leadership and decided instead he’s going to withdraw. And all you have to do is look at what is unfolding today,” she added.
The Wyoming congresswoman called for the U.S. to maintain a military presence on the ground in Afghanistan to continue counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations.
Cheney has placed blame for the chaos seen in Afghanistan since the fall of its government on both the Biden and Trump administrations. Shortly after the Taliban entered Kabul, Cheney took to Twitter to condemn what she called the “The Trump/Biden calamity.”