During an interview with Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld, former President Donald Trump insisted that President Joe Biden’s handling of the evacuation from Afghanistan was a “travesty.” He drew spurious connections between Afghanistan and security along the United States-Mexico border.
Former President Donald Trump offered no solutions for what should have gone down in Afghanistan or how he would have handled the withdrawal, but he nonetheless offered his idea of what his administration would have done had they been in charge of it.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.) has been one of the more prominent among the chorus of Republicans criticizing the Biden administration over the Afghanistan withdrawal and appears to have taken a more hardline position on the withdrawal than he did during the Trump administration.
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) claimed that the United States left behind $85 billion of military equipment to the Taliban amid the chaotic evacuation process.
“No one involved should be able to keep their job after that,” Boebert claimed.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan stressed that President Joe Biden and his administration remain committed to getting Americans who’ve remained in Afghanistan out via diplomatic means.
“We continue our mission to get them out, it’s just that it has shifted from a military mission to a diplomatic mission. And we have considerable leverage over the Taliban to ensure that any remaining American citizen will be able to get out,” he told “Good Morning America.”
Former President Barack Obama commented on the Kabul airport attack, offering a “heartbroken” commemoration for those who were lost. 13 American service members were killed in the attack, along with 72 Afghans who were trying to evacuate the country.
The Pentagon has confirmed that there’s been an explosion at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the site of the ongoing evacuation efforts of American citizens and Afghan allies led by the United States military.
Speaking during a news conference in Singapore alongside the country’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, Vice President Kamala Harris said the Biden administration is “singularly focused” on evacuating Americans, Afghan allies, and at-risk Afghans as the security situation continues to deteriorate in Kabul following the Taliban takeover.
Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who was the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan in 2001, says the United States must learn from its mistakes and reconsider the president’s ability to control troops moving forward.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the United States has resumed its air operations at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and working to maintain security. The U.S. has flown in about 1,000 troops into Afghanistan, he said, bringing the total number of troops in the country to 3,500. 700 to 800 individuals have been flown out of Afghanistan in the last 24 hours; about 150 of them are Americans.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer said the United States has made clear to the Taliban not to interfere with Afghans attempting to get to Kabul airport for potential evacuation as the nation collapses. He noted that President Joe Biden is “deeply engaged” on all policy matters related to Afghanistan.
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