Vice President Kamala Harris said on Sunday she was the last person in the room with President Joe Biden before he made the decision to pull all American troops from Afghanistan.
“This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage,” Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash during Sunday’s “State of the Union.”
“He is someone, who I have seen over and over again, make decisions based on what he truly believes … is the right thing to do.”
Kamala Harris says she had key role in Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal decision . .
“This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage,” she saidhttps://t.co/dKGQSlPvZB
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) August 15, 2021
Harris has otherwise been largely silent on Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban, following Biden and others in the administration. Her one mention about the issue on social media involved a Saturday Twitter post.
She tweeted on Saturday, “This morning, the President and Vice President held a video conference with the national security team to discuss the ongoing efforts to draw down our civilian footprint in Afghanistan.”
This morning, the President and Vice President held a video conference with the national security team to discuss the ongoing efforts to draw down our civilian footprint in Afghanistan. In addition, the President and Vice President were briefed on the earthquake in Haiti. pic.twitter.com/7BKSdJ8OKo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 14, 2021
Harris may want to take credit for sharing in the decision, but it’s unlikely to help her already unpopular status. The collapse of Afghanistan has angered many Americans in both parties, even leading some lawmakers to call for Biden’s resignation.