“There’s no plan!” Senator Ben Sasse accuses Biden of having no way to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies after August 31 deadline
- Senator Ben Sasse said the Biden administration has no plan to evacuate Americans after the August 31 troop withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan
- “Obviously there’s no plan. There has been no plan. Their plan was happy talk’
- President Biden has been repeatedly disconnected from reality, he added
- National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan assured Taliban ‘committed’ to ‘safe passage’ of Americans and allies after August 31 deadline
Ben Sasse said President Joe Biden has no plan to get US citizens and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan after the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline has passed.
“The American people have a right to be outraged about it,” the Republican senator from Nebraska told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
“There is clearly no plan,” Sasse told the administration. “There was no plan. Their plan was actually a happy conversation.’
“Their plan still seems to be, let’s trust the Taliban because the Taliban care a lot about what the world opinion in French restaurants thinks of them,” he said. “It was a disgusting revelation of again no plan.”
‘What we need,’ said Sasse, ‘is a commander in chief who has a big plan and a big way to solve this problem. President Biden has been repeatedly disconnected from reality.”
Senator Ben Sasse said on Sunday that the Biden administration has no plan to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies after the August 31 deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden took part in the dignified transfer of the remains of US servicemen on Sunday after 13 people were killed in a suicide bombing outside Kabul airport on Thursday.
Sasse was one of several legislators, from both sides of the aisle, who urged the president to extend the August 31 deadline for total withdrawal of troops, which will also end active evacuations from the airport. Kabul by the US military.
However, Biden and his team have repeatedly said they will not extend the withdrawal deadline — while at the same time trying to promise to get all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan out.
The Pentagon said about 300 Americans still need to be evacuated in the remaining three days as the troops have already begun the withdrawal process.
Sasse’s comments come as Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan assured Sunday that the Taliban have promised to continue allowing “safe passage” of American citizens once September arrives.
“August 31 is not a cliff,” Sullivan told CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper.
“After August 31, we believe we have significant leverage to hold the Taliban in their obligations to provide safe passage for US citizens, legal permanent residents and… Afghan allies,” he added.
But Sasse doesn’t believe it — especially since White House press secretary Jen Psaki first said on Friday that the government cannot “guarantee” everyone will leave Afghanistan.
“People have died and people will die because President Biden decided to rely on happy talk rather than reality,” he said Sunday morning.
On Thursday, 13 US servicemen were killed in a suicide bomb attack by an ISIS-K member outside the Kabul airport while conducting evacuation efforts.
Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (right) assured that “August 31 is not a cliff” and said the Taliban are “committed to allow safe passage for US citizens” and allies after the deadline
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: Aug. 31 is not a cliff. After August 31, we believe we have significant leverage to hold the Taliban in their obligations to allow safe passage for US citizens, legal permanent residents, and… Afghan allies¿ #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/HtFX3wHIEk
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 29, 2021
“They decided to outsource airport security to the Taliban,” he summed up. “They passed a list of American citizens and America’s closest allies, people who fought alongside us. They passed those lists to the Taliban, trusting it, thinking they could trust it.”
‘That was stupid then. It’s insane now,” he added.
Sasse refers to reports that the government has provided Taliban officials with a “list” of Americans and allies’ names to allow safe passage to the airport.
This was labeled a “death list,” leading the Islamist militant group to target US civilians and allies still stranded in Afghanistan.
The Biden administration denied that it had provided any such list to the Taliban.