On July 23, only weeks before the August 15 takeover of Kabul by Taliban terrorists, a bumbling “President” Biden, who was late for the scheduled call, spoke with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. During their call, Biden can be heard groveling to the Afghan president, asking him to help change the perception of his botched withdrawal of US troops, even if it wasn’t true.
Although they have not released how they obtained a transcript of the incredible call between the two men, Reuters has released a transcript of the call to the public. Here is an excerpt:
Reuters – U.S. President Joe Biden and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani spoke by phone July 23. Here are excerpts from that call, based on a transcript and recording reviewed by Reuters:
BIDEN: Mr. President. Joe Biden.
GHANI: Of course, Mr. President, such a pleasure to hear your voice.
BIDEN: You know, I am a moment late. But I mean it sincerely. Hey look, I want to make it clear that I am not a military man any more than you are, but I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.
Indy Star – Neither leader discussed the threat of an imminent Taliban takeover in their last phone call, according to Reuters, but one theme was consistent from Biden: The situation needed to improve to change the optics in the final month before the U.S. was to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden told Ghani, according to excerpts of the 14-minute phone call obtained by Reuters that was authenticated by audio from the call. “And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
In the phone call, Biden committed to providing continued U.S. assistance to the Afghan army if Ghani could demonstrate a plan and told his Afghan counterpart that his army is superior to the Taliban.
“You clearly have the best military,” Biden told Ghani, according to the Reuters transcript. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000, and they’re clearly capable of fighting well. We will continue to provide close air support if we know what the plan is and what we are doing. And all the way through the end of August, and who knows what after that.”
Two weeks before the call, on July 8, Biden told reporters in the U.S. that it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan.
That prediction proved wildly incorrect. The Taliban quickly took over Kabul after the Afghan National Security Forces mounted little resistance, prompting Ghani to flee the country.
A defiant Biden on Tuesday, defending his withdrawal, said his assumption that the Afghan army would hold off the Taliban “turned out not to be accurate.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to cover for her incompetent and dishonest boss today. It didn’t work out very well for her…
Daily Mail – White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she was ‘not going to get into’ the bombshell July 23 phone call between President Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, where he implored the Afghan leader to ‘change the perception’ of the war with the Taliban, two years after the demanded the White House release not only the transcript of former President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky but the entire whistleblower complaint.
Psaki refused to comment as Republicans tore into the call where Biden told Ghani to try and show the world they were beating the Taliban ‘whether it is true or not.’
‘I’m not going to get into private diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls,’ the press secretary told reporters Wednesday.
‘The content of the reporting is consistent with what we have said many times publicly,’ she added.
‘No one anticipated the vast majority, … anticipated that the Taliban would be able to take over the country as quickly as they did or that the Afghan national security forces would fold as quickly as they did.’
‘What the president conveyed publicly and certainly privately as well repeatedly to Afghan leaders is that it’s important that the leaders in Afghanistan do exactly that – lead, show the country they are ready to continue the fight.’
Curiously, on September 24, 2019, Jen Psaki was singing a much different tune when it came to the call between President Trump over his call with the Ukraine President that led to the ludicrous, and highly- partisan, Democrat impeachment hearings
‘It is not just the call transcript. The whistleblower complaint would likely have more details. We need both. And not just the call,’ Psaki said in a tweet on Sept. 24, 2019, the day Trump’s White House released the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian leader.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 1, 2021
Trump had been facing demands to release details about a complaint made by a member of the intelligence community about the call.
That call led to his eventual impeachment, where Democrats determined he had improperly pressured Zelensky to investigate a political opponent, Biden, and his son Hunter.
‘I’m disgusted that President Biden lied to the world to try to make everyone think the Taliban wasn’t taking over, when he knew they were rapidly gaining power. His lies cost us 13 American lives and Biden abandoned our allies when they needed us most,’ Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., told DailyMail.com.
At least 170 people and 13 US troops were killed in a suicide bomb after the Taliban takeover as the US was evacuating Americans and allies in Kabul last week.
In a phone call transcript obtained by Reuters, Biden said the US would provide aid if Ghani could project to the world that he ‘had a plan’ for fighting the Taliban, while the Afghan army was being overrun.
Some say the call shows that Biden knew the situation was dire in Afghanistan way before the evacuation and flies in the face of claims from the administration that they had no idea the Taliban would take over so quickly. Other critics say Biden’s call shows he is ‘disconnected from the real world’ as he didn’t grasp Ghani’s warning that 15,000 terrorists were about to ‘invade’ Afghanistan.
Yet, the White House is sticking to its story, with Chief of Staff Ron Klain telling MSNBC late Tuesday that no one in the administration knew the Taliban would take over Afghanistan in just 12 days.