Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Milley and Austin testify before Congress on ruling: LIVE UPDATES
Milley and Austin testify before Congress on withdrawal from Afghanistan, after
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, and U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie will testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday to discuss of the chaotic exit of the US military from Afghanistan.
Austin, Milley, and McKenzie were central figures in the final days of the nearly 20-year U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, ending with an evacuation effort that led many lawmakers to question the exit strategy of the army and the Biden administration.
This will be their first public testimony since the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Officials are expected to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and then before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
While Tuesday’s hearing was to focus on Afghanistan, other topics will likely be covered, including Milley’s actions in the final months of Trump’s presidency.
Some in Congress have accused Milley of disloyalty for what Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril” reported as assurances to a Chinese general that the United States had no plan to attack China, and that if they did, Milley would warn him ahead of time. -AP contributed