A member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reveals President Joe Biden gave Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban terrorists a list of American citizens trapped in the country, as well as a list of Afghans who cooperated with the U.S. government.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) calls the move “insane.”
“There is clearly no plan. There has been no plan. Their plan has basically been happy talk. People have died and people are going to die because President Biden decided to rely on happy talk instead of reality,” Sasse tells ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.
Sasse blamed Biden for the deaths of 13 Americans in a homicide bombing outside Kabul’s airport, then revealed Biden told the Taliban which Americans may still be in Afghanistan as well as which Afghans worked with the U.S. government, despite threats by Taliban fighters to find and kill them.
“They decided to outsource security around the perimeter of the airport to the Taliban. They passed a list of American citizens and America’s closest allies, people who have fought alongside us, they passed those lists to the Taliban relying on them, thinking they could trust on them. It was stupid then. It’s insane now,” said Sasse.
It not only places their lives in danger, but violates a promise by the U.S. government that they would be protected when American forces withdrew.
“We have American citizens who are being left behind. We have American green card holders who are being left behind. We have Afghan allies who are SIV holders, folks who fought alongside us, drivers, translators, people who actually fought with us. These people are people to whom we made commitments,” said Sasse.
Sasse even questioned Biden’s mental fitness.
“I’m on the Intelligence Committee as you know, and there are some small ways to try to do things around the margin, but what we need is a Commander-in-Chief that actually has a big plan and a big way to solve this problem. President Biden has been repeatedly disconnected from reality.”
“Americans keep their word. Thirteen service men and women died this week and our families across this country are in prayer for those families and for the ultimate sacrifice they have made, but they were doing something to make sure that no one was left behind. The Commander-in-Chief should be doing the same, which is make sure that no one is left behind,” Sasse concluded.
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