McCarthy slams Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal as ‘partisan, political determination designed for a photo-op’
Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy on Sunday slammed President Biden’s army withdrawal from Afghanistan as a “partisan, political determination designed for a photo-op” forward of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults.
“There are a whole bunch and may very well be hundreds of Individuals which are going to get left behind in Afghanistan,” McCarthy, R-Calif., advised Fox Information host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
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“Anytime you permit a partisan, political determination designed for a photo-op, it’ll result in a deadly nationwide safety downside on the battlefield,” he mentioned. “And that’s what transpired right here based mostly upon what Joe Biden as president has finished.”
McCarthy has referred to as on Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to name Congress again to session early to ensure that lawmakers to vote on a invoice to dam Biden’s Aug. 31 troop withdrawal, a deadline backed by the Taliban, till all Individuals are evacuated from the nation. The Home shouldn’t be anticipated to return to Washington till Sept. 20, lengthy after the Aug. 31 deadline.
A State Division spokesman mentioned Sunday that 250 Americans stay in Afghanistan, three days after ISIS-Okay terrorists attacked the airport in Kabul, killing 13 U.S. service members and greater than 170 Afghans.
McCarthy mentioned Sunday that the Biden administration is “permitting the Taliban to dictate our overseas coverage,” and that the U.S. army shouldn’t have left Bagram Air Base, which was handed again to the Afghan authorities on July 1 earlier than it was overtaken by the Taliban on Aug. 15.
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“Even when, on the finish of the day, they wished to shut that base, why would they shut it earlier than the entire Individuals had been out?” he requested. “You housed greater than 5,000 terrorists in a jail there. They’ve now been launched. You left in the midst of the evening with out telling your allies. You left weaponry. Now the prisoners are out. ISIS-Okay, we’re seeing the injury and what they’re in a position to do in such a short while body. We’re watching Individuals being left behind, and an administration knowingly making that call.
“There’s no excuse why this deadline has not been prolonged. The speaker has bought to name us again in,” he added. “We must always have the members of Congress again for an additional categorised briefing earlier than they bring about our women and men out of there.”