Joe Biden Stands Behind Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan | 22 Words

President Biden has spoken out after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, following US troops being withdrawn from the country.

Amid the chaos that ensued in Kabul, Biden was heavily criticized over his actions.

Delivering a press conference from the White House today, Biden said: "I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years, I've learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces."

The president went on to admit that the collapse of Afghanistan happened a lot quicker than he had anticipated. He then doubled down and said the onus to protect the country is now down to the Afghan political leaders.

He said: "The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So, what's happened? Afghan political leaders gave up and left the country.

"It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghanistan's own armed forces would not."

The POTUS went on to accept his share of responsibility for the current events.

"I'm deeply saddened by the facts we now face, but I do not regret my decision... I cannot and will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country's civil war."

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.