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.”