Blinken AGAIN blames Americans stranded in Afghanistan for not leaving earlier as the highest diplomat attends Senate Afghanistan hearing in individual after being criticized for showing by way of video throughout House hearing
- The secretary of state faces a grilling from the Democrat-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday after showing earlier than the House
- One GOP lawmaker referred to as Blinken out for showing by way of video on Monday
- At Tuesday’s hearing committee chair Sen. Bob Menendez expressed disappointment that Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin did not seem with Blinken
- Menendez threatened to subpoena Austin ‘and others’ if he did not come in
In his opening assertion Blinken once more blamed US residents for getting stranded in Afghanistan, repeating that the State Department despatched ’19 particular messages’ to Americans there, urging them to go away.
He added the division supplied ‘monetary help to pay for airplane tickets.’
‘Despite this efforts, on the time of the evacuation started, there have been nonetheless 1000’s of Americans in Afghanistan – nearly all of whom have been evacuated by August 31,’ the Biden official mentioned.
But after the US wrapped its army withdrawal on the finish of August, Blinken revealed that at the very least 100 Americans had been left behind.
On Tuesday Blinken mentioned a ‘diplomatic mission’ was nonetheless in place working to get these individuals out.
In his opening remarks committee chair Sen. Bob Menendez mentioned he was ‘very disillusioned’ Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin declined to testify Tuesday.
‘A full accounting of the US response to this disaster is not full with out the Pentagon. Especially in the case of understanding the whole collapse of the U.S. Trained and funded Afghan army,’ Menendez mentioned.
He warned Austin’s resolution would have an effect on his ‘private judgement’ on nominees to different Pentagon positions.
The New Jersey senator threatened to subpoena the Defense chief if he did not testify willingly.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on September 14
‘I count on the secretary will avail himself to the committee in the close to future and if he does not, I’ll contemplate use of committee subpoena energy to compel him and others over the course of the final 20 years to testify,’ he mentioned.
Ranking member Sen. Jim Risch shared Menendez’s sentiment, calling Austin’s refusal ‘disheartening.’
‘The debacle in Afghanistan is an interagency failure and the truth that you are the one one stepping up is disheartening,’ Risch instructed Blinken.
Blinken sat earlier than lawmakers after he was criticized by one Republican consultant on Monday for testifying by way of video throughout his hearing earlier than the House.
Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania requested Blinken if he ‘could not be bothered to return down right here and see Congress?’ on Monday.
‘All proper, that is nice,’ he added.
Blinken replied that his understanding was the House was not in session.
‘I’m proper right here, Mr. Secretary, so is the chairman and rating member,’ Perry interrupted. ‘We’re right here!’