Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is testifying once more on Capitol Hill, defending the Biden administration’s resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan and insisting that the State Department did its finest to plan for the chaotic evacuation as American troops ready to depart final month.
A day after greater than 5 hours of digital testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Mr. Blinken appeared in particular person earlier than the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, whose members embrace Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the committee’s chairman, and Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Mitt Romney of Utah.
House Republicans hammered Mr. Blinken on Monday, calling for his resignation and accusing the Biden administration of incompetence and obfuscation. Mr. Blinken conceded little fault, saying the Trump administration had dealt the Biden group an inconceivable hand by placing a deal in 2020 with the Taliban that dedicated America to leaving the nation. “We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan,” Mr. Blinken mentioned.
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