Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump-backed bills on election audits, illegal voting penalties expected to die in Texas legislature The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (R-Utah) rebuked President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE on Wednesday for the United States’s decision to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan without evacuating remaining Americans and Afghan allies.
“Truth matters: Leaving Americans and thousands upon thousands of our Afghan partners behind is not success—it offends our values and aspirations. Mr. President, bring them home,” Romney tweeted on Wednesday.
Truth matters: Leaving Americans and thousands upon thousands of our Afghan partners behind is not success—it offends our values and aspirations. Mr. President, bring them home.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 1, 2021
The Biden administration believes that between 100 and 200 Americans are still in Afghanistan with “some intention to leave.” The New York Times reported that the number of Afghans who remain in the country who are eligible for resettlement is around 100,000.
Biden has received criticism for both his decision to evacuate U.S. troops by a self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline and the country’s hasty evacuation operation. Some worried that the troop withdrawal might make it seem like the country is leaving those in Afghanistan — and the gains made by women and others — behind.
Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (D-N.H.) said last month that the Biden administration needed to make “every effort between now and September to safeguard the progress made and support our partners in the formation of an inclusive, transitional government.”
Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Invoking 'Big Tech' as an accusation can endanger American security Biden slips further back to failed China policies MORE (R-Neb.) said in a statement on Tuesday that Biden had reneged on promises he made earlier that he would not leave behind Americans.
“He promised the Taliban that our troops would leave by his arbitrary August 31st deadline, and he promised the American people that our troops would stay until every American was out. He kept his promise to the Taliban and lied to the American people. These lies will cost Americans for decades to come,” Sasse said.
Biden has repeatedly defended his decision to evacuate the country — one that was also supported by former President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE — and argued during a speech on Tuesday that there was “no deadline” on evacuating the remaining Americans in Afghanistan.
“And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out. Secretary of State [Antony] Blinken is leading the continued diplomatic efforts to ensure a safe passage for any American, Afghan partner or foreign national who wants to leave Afghanistan,” Biden said on Tuesday.