House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Tuesday there’s “no way possible” for the United States to evacuate all Americans and complete a withdrawal from Afghanistan as per President Joe Biden’s self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline.
“There’s no possible way that we can get every American that’s still in Afghanistan out in the next seven days,” McCarthy said during a news conference following a classified briefing on the matter.
With time running out ahead of Biden’s end-of-August deadline, vulnerable Afghans, who fear a vengeful crackdown by the Taliban terrorist group, and foreigners continue to mass at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, hoping to escape the country.
In an update on Tuesday, the Biden administration said that more than 4,000 American citizens and their families have been evacuated from the country since Aug. 14, the day before the Taliban terrorist group seized control of Kabul.
The Americans are a small subset of the nearly 59,000 who have been evacuated. Most are Afghans who are receiving or have applied for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) or other visas. The SIV program was created to protect Afghan allies who risked their lives helping U.S. troops in the country.
“We are just 3 weeks away from the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” McCarthy continued. “At no time should America … allow the Taliban to tell us when we have to stop bringing Americans out. We should stay until every single American is able to get out of Afghanistan.”- READ MORE