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Video: Pompeo blames Biden for 13 troops killed in Afghanistan withdrawal: ‘They didn’t have to die’

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at Rep. Jeff Duncan's annual Faith and Freedom Barbecue in Anderson, S.C, on Aug. 22, 2022. (Joseph Bustos/The State/TNS)
August 26, 2022

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marked the one-year anniversary of the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan by remembering the 13 U.S. troops who were killed and all of the Americans who Biden abandoned behind enemy lines. 

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During an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday, Pompeo recognized the 13 American troops who were killed during the Biden administration’s rushed exit from Afghanistan, arguing that “they didn’t have to die.” 

“They didn’t have to die. This was a direct result of the decision that President Biden made. A political decision to set a date certain,” Pompeo said, adding that the Trump administration had a plan in place to safely draw down the number of Americans in Afghanistan. 

“[The Trump administration] was down to just about 2,500 Americans, but Brian, we had a set of conditions tied to that. President Biden came in and ripped up that plan,” he continued. “When the Taliban began to move against the forces there during the Biden administration, he let them roll over us. When they did it to [the Trump administration], we dropped bombs on their head.” 

“This would not have happened this way if I was still there, if President Trump was still there,” he added. “President Biden did this against all the wishes of his military, of his civilian leadership. It was a singular decision. The buck stops with him for the loss of those 13 lives and all of the Americans that were left behind.” 

Pompeo said the Trump administration would never have abandoned Americans in Afghanistan, calling the withdrawal and evacuation a “debacle” that was the result of a “political decision that Joe Biden made.”

“The tragedy is that we lost 13 American lives…we still have folks who can’t get out of that country, who deserve to get out of that horrible place,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo also addressed the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home earlier this month, saying that the FBI has become “politicized.”

“This law enforcement agency – great young people keeping drugs off our streets, doing all the great work the FBI does – has been politicized at not just the most senior levels, but deeper inside of the leadership of that organization,” he said. 

“I think that is absolutely unmistakable. Whether it’s chasing down parents at school board meetings or what happened in Mar-a-Lago, the leadership of the FBI has acted in ways that are deeply inconsistent with the traditions of that great organization,” Pompeo continued. “The American people deserve to have an FBI that does its job, its mission, and doesn’t behave politically.”