Biden Rejected Recommendations From Blinken, Lloyd to Withdraw Gradually From Afghanistan

President Joe Biden rejected recommendations from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to gradually withdraw U.S. service members from Afghanistan, according to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

News outlet CNN obtained a copy of the book, “Peril,” before its Sept. 21 release.

“Previously, (Blinken) had been foursquare with Biden for a full withdrawal,” the authors write. “His new recommendation was to extend the mission with U.S. troops for a while to see if it could yield a political settlement. Buy time for negotiations.”

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