Pentagon chief contradicts Biden, says US citizens in Afghanistan have been ‘beaten’ by Taliban

This story is published in a content partnership with POLITICO. It was originally reported by Andrew Desiderio, Heather Caygle and Lara Seligman on politico.com on August 20, 2021.US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers on Friday that Americans trying to leave Afghanistan have been beaten by Taliban fighters, according to several people who took part in a briefing call with Austin and other top officials.Austin’s remarks to House members appeared to directly contradict President Joe…