There appears to be a media blackout in the explosive report of a leaked phone call in July between President Biden and then Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Reuters shared on Tuesday transcript excerpts from a July 23 exchange where Biden appeared to urge Ghani to promote the “perception” of stability in Afghanistan amid the US military withdrawal, regardless of the reality on the ground.
âI don’t need to tell you that the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of fighting the Taliban,â Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it’s true or not, there is a need to project a different image.”
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Ghani then warned Biden: âMr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, made up of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists. , mainly Pakistanis, thrown in, so this dimension must be taken into account. “
After the release of excerpts from the transcript of the phone call, critics accused Biden of knowingly misleading the nation while promising a “safe and orderly” exit from Afghanistan.
However, since Reuters broke the news on Tuesday, all major networks, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC, have avoided mentioning the controversial phone call, according to Grabien’s transcripts.
Critics of Biden have likened his phone call with Ghani to former President Trump’s 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging him to investigate Biden and his son Hunter. Ultimately, that phone call resulted in Trump’s impeachment.
Networks are already signaling that they are ready to emerge from the turmoil in Afghanistan despite the many controversies that still plague the Biden administration after the military withdrawal, including the Biden-Ghani phone call, the hundreds of Americans and allies. stranded Afghans, and the growing terrorist threat from the Taliban-controlled country.
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CBS completely avoided the subject of Afghanistan on its evening newscast as well as prime-time MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes on Wednesday.
Hayes tweeted about the controversial phone call, but to minimize the revelations only as a non-scandal.
“Telling the failed Afghan government to ‘pretend until you do’ as a way to extend its rule for as long as possible is a sad statement about the cumulative US failures in Afghanistan, but no more of a scandal than the war it is. – not even was, “Hayes wrote.
CNN presenter Don Lemon argued it was time to âmove onâ and suggested that Biden’s critics should give him some slack.
“I think people should stop picking on the administration because no matter how it ended, not everyone was going to be happy with how it ended,” Lemon said. âSo if there is a silver lining in all of this, that will be what happens in the future. You can’t change the past, you can’t bring back these horrible lives. And so, you know … I think the administration is getting a little too beaten up on this because there is a lot of criticism to be made from four different presidents who actually didn’t have the courage to get us out of Afghanistan because they were afraid of this moment and what the exit might look like. “
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âWe still see what’s going on. You can’t get them out – you can’t get them all out in five minutes. You can’t get them all out yesterday. So what happens in the future when we’ll continue with that effort to get them out, and we start to get them out, as much as we can. Then I think we should stop everything, you know, running like, ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe we left so many people behind! ‘ We don’t know yet if we’ve left them behind. We don’t know yet, âLemon added later.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged questions about Biden’s phone call with Ghani, saying “I’m not going into private diplomatic conversations or leaked phone call transcripts.”