Joe Biden LIVE: There’s a cover-up mystery surrounding the President’s crisis call with the Afghan leader, which has been dubbed a “blackout.”
PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s historic phone call, in which he presses former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to promote a stable image, has been largely ignored by the media.
The startling leaked tape, obtained by Reuters, describes a call between the two presidents on July 23 during which Mr Biden appears to pressurize Mr Ghani to create the impression that they could fend off the Taliban “whether it is real or not.” “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban, and there is a need, whether it is true or not, to project a different picture,” President Biden allegedly said, according to the transcript.
Critics accuse him of deceiving the international community in order to present the US military’s 20-year operation in Afghanistan as a success.
“Mr President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this, so that dimension needs to be taken into account,” President Ghani warned his American counterpart.
Several major US news networks, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC, have declined to mention the tumultuous phone call, thereby creating a media blackout.
Despite the simmering debate and mounting terror danger in the region, both CBS and MSNBC skirted the topic of Afghanistan entirely on primetime news on Wednesday.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, skirted questions about the shocking phone call earlier this week, stating, “I’m not going to go into private, diplomatic talks or phone call transcripts that have been released.”
After the tragic departure from Afghanistan, CNN presenter Don Lemon has stated that people should “stop hitting up on the administration so much.”
Because of the Afghan catastrophe, CNN’s Don Lemon urges that people “stop slamming the government so hard.” He also lauded Vice President Joe Biden for having the “guts” to get the United States out of Afghanistan. pic. twitter.com/0My3ysttqR
Chris Hayes, the MSNBC primetime host, tweeted about the explosive interview leak, but only to diminish its significance.
“Telling the failing Afghan government to ‘fake it until you make it’ in order to prolong its reign as long as possible is a sad statement on cumulative.”Brinkwire Summary News,” he added.