President Joe Biden said Friday that the removal of troops from Afghanistan was not damaging to the credibility of the United States.
Fox News reported that Biden made his comments just days after being criticized by British Parliament and other NATO leaders following the U.S.-led withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden’s Friday speech from the White House defended his decision to remove the troops from the Middle Eastern nation saying that international allies shouldn’t have any concern about US foreign policy:
“I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world,” Biden said in response to a question from a reporter about potential global ramifications of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“I’ve spoken with our NATO allies… The fact of the matter is I have not seen that – matter of fact the exact opposite I’ve gotten. Exact opposite thing is we’re acting with dispatch, we’re acting, committing to what we said we would do.”
Biden made headlines worldwide when he removed United States troops from Afghanistan, resulting in a massive takeover by the Taliban troops.
In addition to unrest from the Afghan people, the harsh rule of law that was enacted prior to the United States and allied troops’ presence began to push its way back in.
Journalists went from looking like westerners to wearing full Muslum garb and the Afghan people began to hurl themselves at any possible way of leaving the tumultuous nation.
Following the troop withdrawal, U.K. called an emergency session of Parliament on Wednesday to talk through the collapse of the Afghan leadership and rise of the Taliban.
During that session, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said openly that the United States’ decision to withdraw its troops had put them in a bad position and, he believed, left the U.K. and other NATO forces without any recourse but to follow suit.
After the U.K. decided to follow the United States out of Afghanistan, British lawmakers and veterans called their decision into question, and also harshly criticized Biden.
Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, who served in Afghanistan said during the session of the House of Commons, “To see their commander in chief call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran. It’s shameful.”