Debate Dud: Biden claimed no U.S. troops died on his watch, despite 13 killed in Afghanistan

"I'm the only president this century that doesn't have ... any troops dying anywhere in the world like he did," President Biden said.

Published: June 27, 2024 9:25pm

Updated: June 27, 2024 9:32pm

During the first presidential debate on Thursday, President Joe Biden claimed that no U.S. troops died under his administration, despite 13 service members who were killed in Afghanistan by a bombing at the Kabul airport in 2021.

At CNN's presidential debate in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday, Biden said that when former President Donald Trump was in office, "they were still killing people in Afghanistan. He didn't do anything about that. When he was president, we were still -- find ourselves in where you had a notion that we were this safe country. The truth is, I'm the only president this century that doesn't have any this decade, any troops dying anywhere in the world like he did."

Islamic State militant Abdul Rahman al-Logari bombed the Abbey Gate at the Kabul airport in August 2021, which killed 13 service members, including 11 Marines, and 170 Afghans. The bombing occurred as U.S. troops were withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Later in the debate, Trump mentioned the U.S. military members who died in Afghanistan.

"We lost 13 beautiful soldiers, and 13 soldiers were obliterated. And by the way, we left people behind. We left American citizens behind," Trump said.

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