Behind the Poll

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently claimed that Trump did not leave an Afghan withdrawal plan for Biden. But Kash Patel, former chief of staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, disagreed, saying Trump had left a plan and that no hard deadline was attached to it.

“It was a negotiation between the U.S. government, the Taliban, and the Afghans. And if that date was not to work for this incoming administration, they could have moved it.

“But what they chose to do was break the entire agreement. And then they thought, since the adults were back in Washington, D.C., and Blinken and Biden were leading the charge, the world will just fall into place for them. And they blew it in Afghanistan. So I think their credibility’s shot when it comes to everything Afghanistan.”