Sasse blasts Biden admin’s ‘persistent lie’ about number of Americans trapped in Afghanistan

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Sasse accuses Biden administration of ‘coverup’, says its actions are ‘shameful’

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb, issued a statement Friday criticizing President Biden’s administration after he “repeatedly lied” about the number of Americans “trapped behind Taliban lines” in Afghanistan.

“The Biden administration has shamelessly and repeatedly lied about the number of Americans trapped behind Taliban lines,” Sasse said. Statement. “For weeks, their official number was ‘nearly a hundred’ and it magically never changed – as the Americans did not gradually reduce the total number. Now they say more than 300 Americans are still in Afghanistan.”

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He said the new information “contradicts the administration’s persistent lies.”

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“The Biden administration lied to hide the consequences of the president’s morally precarious decision to leave our people in a war zone,” said Sasse, who claimed “the slow-motion hostage crisis and the administration’s coverups are shameful.”

“Mister President, bring our people home,” concluded Sasse, who is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In a statement to Granthshala News, SaaS communications director James Wegman emphasized the administration’s conflict of reports with public reports regarding the departure of Americans from Afghanistan.

“Since late August, his ‘about a hundred’ line has remained the same, despite public reports of Americans leaving,” Wegman said. “This is a deliberately ambiguous number because they are not sharing a rolling baseline that explains either the addition of new contacts or the subtraction of departures. There is a difference between correctly admitting that the number is not stable and a Repeats the line which conflicts with both the public report of departure and gives no visibility into accounting.”

According to sources familiar with the exchange, the State Department told Congressional staff in a call Thursday that about 200 of the more than 300 Americans living in Afghanistan want to escape Taliban control, according to CNN.

Taliban soldiers march towards the Afghans as they raise slogans near the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  (AP photo/Wali Sabavoon)

In late August, just before the United States ended its mission in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that there were “a small number of Americans, less than 200 and possibly closer to 100”, who expected to leave. remained in the country with

Beset with problems, the Biden administration’s withdrawal of US military assets from Afghanistan has faced heavy scrutiny from even his own party members.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said in August that he believed the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was a “f—— disaster” of “epic proportions.”

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks in Las Vegas on August 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/John Locher, FILE)

“The thing that everyone needs to understand, even if you totally agree with the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw, the way they’ve handled it is a total f—— disaster,” Moulton said. Time said, as reported by New York Magazine.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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