‘Joe is better than Kamala!’ Britons would not support a change in US presidency – poll

Joe Biden concludes press conference at The White House

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Joe Biden is a better president than Kamala Harris would be according to 69 percent of voters who took part in a poll of 8,110 people held between 3pm August 24 and 1pm August 26. However, 18 percent of voters thought she would do a better job than Mr Biden, and a significant portion of the vote, 13 percent, were not sure who would do a better job.

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In fact, many readers complained in the comment section that neither candidate are good enough for the role of US president.

One voter said: “Geez, has it really come to this.

“I hate to say this, but Sleepy Joe is better than Kamala.”

Another wrote: “We now see the US system in big trouble and unable to throw up a leader with any credibility.”

But Ms Harris does have fans in the UK, as one reader said: “Looking forward to Harris taking over as POTUS (President of the United States).”

Triang commented: “Kamala Harris is incredibly loyal to Biden but is as hard as nails when it comes to decision making.”

Others said she “lacks the experience” and would not know how to “handle the responsibility”.

Joe Biden has tirelessly defended his decision to withdraw troops.

In a national broadcast he said that the collapse of Afghanistan was not due to the withdrawal of American troops but because “Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country” and “the Afghan military collapsed”, “without trying to fight”.

He continued: “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war, and dying in a war, that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.

“We spent over a trillion dollars. We trained and equipped an Afghan military force of some 300,000 strong.

“We gave them every tool they could need. We paid their salaries, provided for the maintenance of their air force.

“We gave them every chance to determine their own future, what we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”

Vice President Kamala Harris has remained loyal to President Biden by supporting his decision to withdraw US military from the Middle East.

When asked what she thinks has gone wrong in the military withdrawal, at a press conference on Monday, she said: “There’s going to be plenty of time to analyse what has happened… but right now we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children.

“We cannot be, in any way, distracted from what must be our primary mission right now which is evacuating people from that region who deserve to be evacuated.”

She told CNN, shortly after Mr Biden ordered troops to continue their withdrawal in April, that she was the last one in the room before he made his final decision, and felt comfortable with the plan.

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The President expressed the intent that the American military would no longer be a “force of good” to be used in less powerful countries’ conflicts and humanitarian crisis.

His remarks have attracted criticism and outrage from politicians across the world.

Conservative MP Simon Clarke said Mr Biden’s comments on Afghanistan were “grotesque” and “an utter repudiation of the America so many of us have admired so deeply all our lives”.

He added that the USA under Mr Biden will no longer be “the champion of liberty and democracy and the guardian of what’s right in the world”.

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It appears that Ms Harris has a similar mindset to Mr Biden when it comes to foreign conflicts, and Express readers feel neither Mr Biden nor Ms Harris would be able to resolve the mistakes made in the handling of Afghanistan warfare.

Some voters said ex-President Donald Trump “would have done a better job”, but US military withdrawal, and the speed at which it happened, was organised by a deal he made with the Taliban during his presidency.

In February 2020 the Trump administration forged an agreement with the Taliban that the US would withdraw all its forces and release 5,000 Taliban prisoners, and in exchange, the Taliban promised to sever its ties with al-Qaeda and end its attacks on American forces.

The Taliban broke their end of the agreement several times over the proceeding months, but Mr Trump continued on with the deal.

When Mr Biden came to power at the end of January 2021, Mr Trump had already withdrawn the majority of American soldiers from Afghanistan; troops had diminished from 15,500 to 2,500.

The deal Mr Trump had agreed to meant that Mr Biden had until May 1 to withdraw all troops, which he has now managed to push back to September 1, for an intended smoother handover to the Afghan forces.

Mr Biden explained that when he became president, he faced the choice of either continuing with the agreed plan, or sending thousands of American soldiers back to Afghanistan to escalate violence with a Taliban army that was at its strongest since 2001.

The Biden administration came to the decision that it was no longer in America’s interests to continue the war, which ultimately led to their retreat.

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