Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.,
Blinken faces questions on Afghanistan from senators, a day after a House panel grilling.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will testify to the senate of the U.S. involvement and Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the region.CreditCredit…Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times
Sept. 14, 2021Updated 9:42 a.m. ET
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is testifying again on Capitol Hill, defending the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and insisting that the State Department did its best to plan for the chaotic evacuation as American troops prepared to depart last month.
A day after more than five hours of virtual testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Mr. Blinken appeared in person before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, whose members include Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the committee’s chairman, and Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Mitt Romney of Utah.
House Republicans hammered Mr. Blinken on Monday, calling for his resignation and accusing the Biden administration of incompetence and obfuscation. Mr. Blinken conceded little fault, saying the Trump administration had dealt the Biden team an impossible hand by striking a deal in 2020 with the Taliban that committed America to leaving the country. “We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan,” Mr. Blinken said.
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