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Wallace Grills Blinken On Afghanistan: "Does The President Know What's Going On?"


FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, after listing several wrong statements from Biden's Friday speech on the Afghan withdrawal, asked National Security Advisor Antony Blinken: "Does the president know what’s going on?"

"This is an incredibly emotional time for many of us," he replied. Watch the full interview below:

WALLACE: Here's another statement that the president made that was flat wrong. Take a look.

BIDEN: I have seen no question of our credulity from our allies around the world. I’ve got the exact opposite thing, as we’re acting with dispatch, we’re acting -- committing to what we said we would do.

WALLACE: But Armin Laschet, the likely successor to German Chancellor Merkel, said: This is the biggest debacle that NATO has seen since its foundation.

And here was the chairman of the British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

TOM TUGENDHAT, BRITISH PARLIAMENT MEMBER: To see that commander-in-chief call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran -- shameful. Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.
WALLACE: Mr. Secretary, does the president not know what's going on?

BLINKEN: This is an incredibly emotional time for -- for many of us and including allies and partners who have been shoulder to shoulder with us in Afghanistan for 20 years, at high cost to themselves as well as us. They stood with us after 9/11, invoked Article Five of NATO for the first time, an attack on one is an attack on all, and we've been there together.

But it got to tell you this, Chris, from the get-go, I spent more time with our NATO partners in Brussels virtually, from before the president made his decision, to when he made his decision, to every time since. We've been working very, very closely together.

We've gotten the G7 together, NATO together, the U.N. Security Council together. We had 113 countries, thanks to our diplomacy, put out a clear understanding of the Taliban's requirements to let people leave the country.

WALLACE: Sir, respectfully, that -- look, I’m not -- I’m not questioning whether or not the allies have a right to complain. I’m not questioning whether or not al Qaeda has a presence.

The president said al Qaeda is gone. It's not gone. The president said he's not heard any criticism from the allies. There's been a lot of criticism from the allies.

Words matter and the words of the president matter most.

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