General McKenzie Contradicts Biden, Testifies He Told Him to Leave 2,500 Troops in Afghanistan

Top U.S. military officials spoke before the Senate Committee on Armed Services where they answered questions pertaining to the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan. An answer from Commander of the United States Central Command, Kenneth McKenzie, put the general at odds with President Biden.

"I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan," he told Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe when the committee ranking member asked if the general agreed with an assessment Army General Austin Miller shared in a classified testimony, in which he stated he opposed total withdrawal.

This contrasted a statement President Biden provided during his ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos last month. When Stephanopoulos asked, "Your military advisors did not tell you, 'No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It's been a stable situation for the last several years...We can continue to do that?'" The president responded by saying, "No. No one said that to me that I can recall."

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President Joe Biden said he was not told to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan by General Kenneth McKenzie. Here, Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images