Slotkin, Sherrill speak with Biden about the Aug. 31 Afghanistan deadline extension

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Afghanistan deadline extension: President Biden on Wednesday asked two members of the Democratic U.S. House – each with defense experience – to extend Biden’s August 31 withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Slotkin, Sherrill speak with Biden about the Aug. 31 Afghanistan deadline extension
U.S. Reps. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, left, and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan have been critical of President Biden’s Aug. 31 Afghanistan deadline extension

U.S. representatives Eliza Slotkin of Michigan and Mickey Sheryl of New Jersey spoke to Biden after signing the bill at the White House, PBS reporter Meredith Lee posted on Twitter.

“We did not always agree,” Slotkin wrote on Twitter about her conversation with the president, but a Sheryl spokeswoman described the meeting as a “frank conversation”.

A number of critics in Washington – from both parties – have criticized Biden for sticking to the August 31 deadline, saying the president will leave those who want to leave Afghanistan if the moves are not completed by next Tuesday.

Slotkin, 45, is a first-time congressional woman who served in the Obama administration and also served for the CIA.

Earlier this week, Slotkin urged the Biden administration to negotiate an extension with the Taliban to provide more time to evacuate Americans and Afghans from Kabul airport, Michigan radio station WHMI-FM reported.

She accepted the conversation with Biden in a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday.

“I raise my concerns with the August 31 deadline. Let the Americans and Afghans who worked on our behalf get through the Taliban checkpoints until the 31st and let go of my concerns about what will happen in the days and months after us,” Slotkin wrote.

“I also raised the specific case of a large convoy of Afghans working with my team to go through the airport gates, and they have been allowed in ever since,” she said.

“We have not always agreed, but Afghanistan is clear to the President, and I appreciate the opportunity to express my thoughts going forward.”

Sheryl, 49, is also a first-time legislator. She is a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and former federal prosecutor. Sheryl spokeswoman Lee released a statement about the congressional woman’s conversation with Biden.

“The president and [Sherryl] have had a clear conversation about their respective concerns on this issue and she appreciates the time he has provided to hear her views,” the spokeswoman said.

On Tuesday, Sheryl attended a news conference in Washington, D.C. Jason Crowe of Colorado and Andy Kim of New Jersey called for her extension.

“I think it’s important that we make sure our army has the tools needed to complete the mission,” Sheryl said. “I do not believe this can be achieved by August 31.

I urge the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to encourage the President in the strongest possible way to reconsider that deadline.”

A US official told Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson on Tuesday that Biden had decided to extend the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan.

The announcement came after Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Bardar and CIA Director William Burns met in Kabul and a Taliban spokesman said there would be no “extensions” to the deadline.

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