News Aug 16, 2021 12:13 PM EST

WATCH: CNN's Jake Tapper slams Biden's handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

"The fact of the matter is we've seen that that force has been unable to defend the country and that has happened more quickly than we anticipated," Blinken said on Sunday.

WATCH: CNN's Jake Tapper slams Biden's handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan
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CNN's Jake Tapper blasted Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the Biden administration on Sunday over the way they have been handling the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"Does President Biden not bear the blame for this disastrous exit?" Tapper asked.

"The issue here is not just the withdrawal of US forces. It's how they were withdrawn," Tapper said to Blinken.

"President Obama's former ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, called the way this was done, 'a handover to the Taliban' and 'we have hung them out to dry,' about the Afghan people. Crocker continued, 'I'm left with some grave questions in my mind about Biden's ability to lead our nation as commander in chief. To have read this so wrong– or even worse, to have understood what was likely to happen and not care," Tapper said.

"Does President Biden not bear the blame for this disastrous exit from Afghanistan?" Tapper asked Blinken.

In response, Secretary of State Blinken stated, "We've said all along, including the President, that the Taliban was at its greatest position of strength since 2001, when it was last in charge of the country. That is the Taliban that we inherited."

"So we saw that they were very much capable of going on the offensive and beginning to take back the country. But at the same time, we had invested over four administrators, billions of dollars along with the international community in the Afghan security and defense forces. Building a modern military with the most sophisticated equipment. 300,000 forces strong with an air force, the Taliban didn't have," Blinken continued.

"The fact of the matter is we've seen that that force has been unable to defend the country and that has happened more quickly than we anticipated," Blinken said on Sunday.

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