In a statement aimed at Old Uncle Joe, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called for the President to “complete the massive evacuation of American citizens” before forcing the complete withdrawal from the collapsing country.
On Thursday, Menendez put out a statement that said that after two bombing attacks shocked the city of Kabul, killing at least four U.S. Marines and many other Afghans, as stated by reports. There are still reports coming in showing even more injuries than what were known already.
“I condemn in the strongest and most forceful terms today’s attacks targeting U.S. citizens, personnel, and vulnerable Afghans trying to flee Afghanistan. I understand that American personnel were among the casualties and my prayers are with the victims of this cowardly attack and their families,” stated Menendez in his release.
“As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security,” Menendez went on. “This is a full-fledged humanitarian crisis, and the U.S. government personnel, already working under extreme circumstances, must secure the airport and complete the massive evacuation of American citizens and vulnerable Afghans desperately trying to leave the country.”
In a statement, Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Menendez said, "As we wait for more details to come in, one thing is clear: We can’t trust the Taliban with Americans’ security." pic.twitter.com/fPoYUIqGSv
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Menendez is known as one of the top Democrats in the Senate and is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez’s comments crop up after quite a few of the House lawmakers released a joint statement before the attacks that tried to force Uncle Joe to extend his self-imposed deadline to pull the troops out of the country on August 31st. As reported by The Daily Wire:
Hundreds of Americans and hundreds of thousands of U.S. allies remain in the largely Taliban-controlled country as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw in a matter of days. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) secured the support of dozens of lawmakers in the House Problem Solvers Caucus to push Biden to extend the withdrawal deadline and continue evacuations.
“As Democrats and Republicans, we stand united in our commitment to protecting U.S. citizens, diplomats, intelligence officers, and our foreign partners who are currently attempting to flee Afghanistan. In this time of tremendous danger, politics must be put aside to advance our common goals,” the group said in a statement.
“From this week’s bipartisan Member briefing, it is apparent that the Administration’s set date for departure from Afghanistan on August 31st does not provide enough time to evacuate all American citizens and our partners. We respectfully call on the Administration to reconsider its timeline and provide a clear plan to Congress that will result in the completion of our shared national objectives,” it continued.
As reported by the State Department back on Wednesday, roughly 1,500 American citizens are still thought to be in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the department was currently in direct contact with around 500 of those stuck and was currently working on getting them out