House GOP Resurfaces July Clip of Biden Denying Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan 'Inevitable'

House Republicans resurfaced a video clip on Sunday of President Joe Biden just 38 days ago pushing back firmly against concerns that the Taliban would quickly retake control of Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw from the country.

As the American military and western allies have withdrawn from Afghanistan, the Taliban has rapidly retaken control of the country and major cities. The U.S. Embassy is reportedly planning to withdraw all its staff within the next 72 hours, as the fall of Kabul—the nation's capital—to the Taliban appears to be imminent.

Attacking Biden, the House GOP shared a video clip on Twitter from a July 8 press conference in which the president argued that the Taliban takeover was not "inevitable."

"No, it is not," Biden quickly responded when asked by a reporter whether the Taliban's resurgence and renewed control of Afghanistan was "inevitable."

The president went on to assert that the U.S.-backed Afghan government has "300,000 well-equipped" troops. He said they were "as well-equipped as any army in the world."

"Against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable," Biden said.

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— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) August 15, 2021

Later Biden suggested that he believed the Afghan military could fend off the Taliban.

"I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more—more competent in terms of conducting war," the president said.

Biden also denied that U.S. intelligence officials had assessed that the Afghan government would likely collapse.

"That is not true. They did not—they didn't—did not reach that conclusion," he said in response to a reporter's question.

The decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan was first made under former President Donald Trump. The Trump administration signed a February 2020 peace agreement with the Taliban that called for withdrawing all U.S. forces from the country as of May 1. Biden chose to stick by that agreement after he became president, but extended the troop withdrawal deadline to September 11. The president later moved it forward to August 31.

Over the past few weeks, the Taliban has moved rapidly to retake the country. Kabul's fall appears imminent and the U.S. has redeployed thousands of troops to help evacuate American embassy staff and other officials in Afghanistan. Reuters reported on Sunday that Taliban fighters had entered Kabul, citing the Afghan interior minister. U.S. diplomats were reportedly being evacuated via helicopters.

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President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on July 8, 2021. House Republicans resurfaced a video clip on Sunday of Biden just 38 days ago pushing back firmly against concerns that the Taliban would quickly retake control of Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw from the country. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Biden has defended his decision to move forward with the withdrawal, even as the Taliban has retaken control. The president has said that the U.S. accomplished its mission in the country years ago.

"I do not regret my decision," Biden said last week. "Afghan leaders have to come together. We lost thousands—lost to death and injury—thousands of American personnel. They've got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.