MSNBC host Nicole Wallace predicted President Biden’s speech on the ballooning crisis in Afghanistan will be more well received among the American public than it will be by the Washington, D.C., press corps.
“Ninety-five percent of the American people will agree with everything he just said,” Wallace said shortly after Biden’s speech ended on Monday afternoon. “Ninety-five percent of the press covering this White House will disagree.”
During his remarks from the White House East Room, President Biden doubled down on his decision to pull troops from Afghanistan, saying he would not pass the country’s longest war on to another American president. “I will not mislead the American people by claiming that just a little more time in Afghanistan will make all the difference. Nor will I shrink from my share of responsibility for where we are today and how we must move forward from here,” he said. “I am the president of the United States of America and the buck stops with me.”
“For an American president to finally be aligned with what such an overwhelming majority of Americans think about Afghanistan is probably a tremendous relief to the American people,” Wallace continued. But she also rightly pointed out that the media would be taking a different stance than the American public.
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“I think what this president did was walk into that room, speak to something that he really does have the support of the vast majority of Americans on, and make clear that this was put in motion because this country is not going to fight for a country that won’t fight for itself,” Wallace said.
“This country is not going to fight for a country that won’t fight for itself.”
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— BetoMedia (@BetoMedia) August 16, 2021
I know my decision on Afghanistan will be criticized. But I would rather take all that criticism than pass this responsibility on to yet another president.
It’s the right one for our people, for the brave servicemembers who risk their lives serving our nation, and for America.See Also
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 16, 2021
@MSNBC Nicolle Wallace is right. The President’s decision is supported by the vast majority of Americans,
MSNBC needs to get over themselves.
— Paul Leino (@LeinoPaul) August 16, 2021