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Gen. McKenzie testimony contradicts Biden’s claim no one recommended keeping 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

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U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and directly contradicted President Joe Biden claiming that no one advised him to keep 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The testimony from one of the nation’s top generals being the latest indication that the Biden administration has little respect for the truth when it comes to pushing an agenda or protecting its backside.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking member on the committee, asked McKenzie if he agreed with Gen. Scott Miller, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, recommending to President Joe Biden to leave a few thousand troops in Afghanistan, USA Today reported.

“I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. And I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we will maintain 4,500. At that time, those are my personal views,” said McKenzie.

“I also have a view that the withdrawal of those forces would lead inevitably to the collapse of the Afghan military forces, and eventually the Afghan government,” he added.

Asked by Inhofe if Biden heard the advice, McKenzie confirmed that the commander-in-chief was present during the discussions, adding he was “confident that the president heard all the recommendations and listened to him very thoughtfully.”

During an interview last month with ABC News, Biden tried to blame Trump’s deal with the Taliban for pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, prompting anchor George Stephanopoulus to say, “But your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.”

“No, they didn’t,” Biden shot back. “It was split. Tha– that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.”

“They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?” Stephanopoulus pressed.

“No. Not at — not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that,” the president said.

Again, the ABC News anchor pressed, “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?'”

“No. No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden replied.

All of which means either McKenzie is not telling the truth, or President Biden’s struggles to recall advice he is being given in response to major issues that the country faces — this being perhaps the most damning evidence that his cognitive abilities are indeed a national security threat, if true.

Or, it means Joe Biden is lying:

 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also testified Tuesday that the recommendation reached the president’s desk: “Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, responded to the damning testimony in a tweet, saying: “It’s abundantly clear: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ignored the advice from the military and mislead the American people. Biden’s botched Afghan withdrawal could have been prevented and American lives could have been saved.”

Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:

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