But Biden on the call pressed Ghani to publicly project he had a plan to control the worsening situation in Afghanistan in order to receive air support. According to Reuters:
In the call, Biden offered aid if Ghani could publicly project he had a plan to control the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. “We will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is,” Biden said.
Biden also told Ghani, “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.”
“And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture,” he told Ghani, and urged him tot give a press conference with Afghanistan’s prominent political figures backing a new military strategy.
“That will change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think,” Biden said.
‘That is how Joe Biden treats the American people, too. He thinks he can read a pre-scripted, defensive speech and we will all go along with it. What a joke!’ –Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.
‘It’s damning President Biden knew the situation in Afghanistan was rapidly deteriorating in July and pressed Ghani to ‘project a different picture’ of the Taliban’s advance through Afghanistan rather than address the reality on the ground. I met with Ghani the night before his Oval Office meeting with Biden [July 8] and he asked for two requests: robust air support and U.S. contractors to maintain the aircraft. He received neither.’ -Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla.
‘I’m disgusted that President Biden lied to the world to try to make everyone think the Taliban wasn’t taking over, when he knew they were rapidly gaining power. His lies cost us 13 American lives and Biden abandoned our allies when they needed us most.’ –-Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich.
‘Yet more evidence that Joe Biden is totally disconnected from the real world. ‘Changing perception’ is political spin, not a national security strategy,’ -Rep. Jody Hice, R-Fla.