Dem lawmakers push Biden on Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal

Democratic lawmakers pleaded with Biden administration officials on Tuesday to ignore an Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that it would be nearly impossible to evacuate all American citizens and Afghan allies from the country before that date.

During a classified briefing with President Joe Biden’s national security deputies, there was bipartisan pushback to the president’s decision to stick with the Aug. 31 deadline even as the Taliban mounts a brutal crackdown and issues new threats.