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Democrat Senator faults Trump for Americans left behind in Afghanistan

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) appeared on CNN to blame former President Trump for the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to her, it’s been a tough process to get Afghans out of the country since Trump was in office. The senator called in from Honolulu.

“Let’s be clear, though, that there are a lot of Afghans who were applying for the special immigrant visas, and the Trump Administration slow walked these visas to the point where it was not even happening,” Hirono said. “So the development of a lot of our Afghan partners and their families who are not able to get out is not something that just happened overnight. This is a situation that was very much on, in my view, the Trump administration.”

In February of 2020, the former president had set the withdrawal date for May 1, 2021. It was a deal he’d struck with Taliban insurgents at the time.

“But we’re going to move forward and do everything we can to get all of these people out in the coming months and however long it’s going to take with partners across the world,” Hirono said.

General Kenneth McKenzie confirmed Monday that over 123,000 civilians had been successfully evacuated.

After her segment on CNN, Hirono tweeted her gratitude for the U.S. military’s efforts in securing the airfield to allow all the evacuations. “Our military deserves our gratitude for their tremendous effort in evacuating more than 122,000 people from Afghanistan in just a few weeks,” she tweeted. “After the deadline, we need to use diplomatic, economic and other means to evacuate remaining U.S. citizens, Afghan partners, and others.”

The last member of the military was reportedly already left Afghanistan Monday.

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Scott Mann says botched Afghanistan withdrawal was a failure on the Afghan government

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Mannn discussed the withdrawal from Afghanistan in depth on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. Mann claims that although it was a botched withdrawal, our service members did their best. Instead, the government is to blame for the failure.

“Our Vets led the way when the government failed,” Mann said. “They fought till the last bullet. They fought until the bitter end, even when their president and their generals took bribes and abandoned them.” Therefore, Mann is advocating for immediate visas to these Afghan Special Forces.

Meanwhile, families like Sara Carter’s have stepped up to help Afghans out of the country. “It was the veteran population, for the most part, and the military family population who looked at this and said: ‘Okay, fine, nobody else is coming. I’ll do it.’ And we picked up our cell phones. We started working together to find ways to try to guide and shepherd our Afghan friends to some kind of safety, if not freedom,” Mann said. “We need their help. People like you [Sara Carter] who’ve been on this problem from the very beginning. You know, you’re on a 911 dispatch call, and you’re the dispatcher. You’ve been on the call for a month, and you are the dispatcher that is assisting a family who is being murdered one by one. You’re staying on the line with them as this is occurring. You have no shift relief.”

So Mann is lobbying Congress to write a law, that any Afghan who went through the school of excellence as a commando Afghan Special Forces, should have an immediate visa.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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