The White House is being accused of removing from a readout of a call between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden an impassioned plea from Macron calling on Biden to share in the “moral responsibility” of rescuing Afghan allies.
What are the details?
The French government on Friday published a readout of the conversation, which took place Thursday, showing that Macron “emphasized” rescuing Afghan nationals who aided the U.S. and its allies during the military campaign in Afghanistan.
Macron allegedly told Biden the U.S. and its allies have a “collective moral responisbility” toward such Afghans.
The readout said, in part:
President Macron spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden this evening about the situation in Afghanistan. He underscored the absolute need for swift, concrete coordination between the allies to ensure the evacuation of our citizens, Afghan men and women who worked for the allies, and those who are in danger[.]
The head of state emphasized our collective moral responsibility toward the Afghan men and women who need our protection and who share our values. We cannot abandon them.
Macron’s plea for the U.S. to share in the “moral responsibility” of rescuing allies was absent in the Biden administration’s version of the readout.
The White House readout said:
What did the WH say?
British newspaper the Guardian first reported on the discrepancy between the call records.
The White House reportedly did not comment on the discrepancy when contacted by the Guardian, instead only directing the newspaper back to the White House’s version of the call record.