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Congressman who visited Kabul says U.S. needs a ‘productive relationship’ with the Taliban

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On Cuomo Prime Time Thursday, Rep. Seth Moulton stopped by fresh off a secret trip he made to Afghanistan earlier this week, along with his Republican colleague and fellow Iraq war veteran, Peter Meijer.

And when asked to evaluate President Biden’s August 31st evacuation deadline, Moulton said that after being over there and speaking with commanders on the ground, the mission at hand should really be about what comes after the deadline. And that’s because of the thousands of people who will inevitably be left behind no matter what date is set for final evacuations.

“We're not going to get everybody out in time, so we have to have a productive relationship with the Taliban going forward. As bizarre as that sounds,” Moulton said. “We have to have a productive relationship with the Taliban going forward, if we have any chance of getting the thousands that we leave behind when we do go, out in the future.”

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