White House Again Defends Afghan Troop Withdrawal

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The White House continues to defend the withdrawal of remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters there were no good options for a final withdrawal. He added, “What has unfolded over the past month has proven decisively that it would’ve taken a significant American troop presence to stop a Taliban onslaught, and we would’ve taken casualties.” He acknowledged the ongoing chaos and praised the U.S. military for making necessary adjustments to secure the airport in Kabul.

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