President Joe Biden defended the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan while committing to evacuating remaining Americans; plus, more of this week’s top stories in Democratic politics.
President Joe Biden gave a fierce defense of the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan on Tuesday and recommitted to evacuating remaining Americans who seek to leave the country.
President Biden forcefully defended his self-imposed deadline of August 31, NBC reported.
“Let me be clear, leaving August the 31st, is not due to an arbitrary deadline,” President Biden said. “It was designed to save American lives.”
“So, we were left with a simple decision,” Biden continued. “Either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration and leave Afghanistan or say we weren’t leaving and commit to another tens of thousands more troops going back to war.”
“That was the choice, the real choice,” Biden added. “Between leaving or escalating. I was not going to extend this forever war. And I was not extending a forever exit.”
According to officials, there are still between 100 and 200 Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan but were unable.
President Biden denied allegations of “leaving Americans behind,” saying his administration reached out to remaining Americans 19 times, ABC reported.
“The bottom line, 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said. “And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out.”
Former speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) pushed back against the claim of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“It was not rigged,” Ryan said during an interview with WISN12 on Monday. “It was not stolen.”
“Donald Trump lost the election,” Ryan continued. “Joe Biden won the election. It’s really clear.”
“He exhausted the court challenges,” Ryan added. “None of them went his way, so he legitimately lost.”
“Is there mischief, organized shenanigans in elections?” Ryan asked rhetorically. “Sure. Is there fraud? Yes. Was it organized to the extent that it would have swung the Electoral College and the presidential election? Absolutely not.”
The White House Council of Economic Advisers, the economic team of President Joe Biden, unveiled a proposed series of policy shifts on Wednesday that seeks to improve housing affordability, the Washington Post reported.
The analysis found the US is 3.8 million homes shy of what is needed to meet demand.
The proposal seeks to add 100,000 affordable housing units over 3 years. It will increase mortgage availability through Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for manufactured houses and buildings with 2-4 units.
The government will also increase financing options for apartment buildings through tax credits, loans, and grants.
The proposal also seeks to boost housing construction through federal subsidies, low-income housing tax credit, and removing exclusionary zoning that limits new construction.