President Biden is considering extending the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by six months until November past the planned May 1 withdrawal date. Currently, the U.S. is slated to leave in less than six weeks, according to the deal that the Trump administration made with the Taliban. 

The president is against the Pentagon’s desire to keep troops in the country but has been reportedly open to considering a six-month extension according to reports coming out of Washington. 

President Biden gave an interview to ABC News on Wednesday. He said that meeting the May 1 deadline “could happen, but it is tough.” If the deadline is extended, he added, it won’t be by “a lot longer.” 

“I’m in the process of making that decision now as to when they’ll leave.”

“That was not a very solidly negotiated deal that the president, the former president worked out,” Biden said of the deal that former President Trump made with the Taliban. President Biden added that he expects to meet with our NATO allies and discuss the actual pace of the drawdown. 

Obviously, the sticking point for the administration is the conditions to which the Taliban are supposed to be adhering — yet, they are most definitely not doing that.

“Without them meeting their commitments to renounce terrorism and to stop the violent attacks on the Afghan national security forces ― and by dint of that, the Afghan people ― it’s very hard to see a specific way forward for the negotiated settlement,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a press briefing last week. “But we’re still committed to that,” he added.

According to NBC, the president’s administration has presented him with three options: First, keeping the timetable of withdrawal and pulling all of the troops out of Afghanistan at or very close to the May 1 deadline. Second, open-endedly extending the U.S. involvement. Third, extending the troops’ stay for a defined period of time, and six months seem to be the duration agreed upon.