UPDATED 11:28 AM PT – Sunday, August 29, 2021
Republicans lawmakers are blasting the Biden administration for allegedly turning its back on American citizens. In a tweet on Saturday, Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) voiced his anger, saying American citizens are trapped outside the Kabul airport and the State Department won’t help them.
Texas lawmaker Dan Crenshaw (R) posted a similar tweet, stating how Joe Biden hasn’t allowed U.S. citizens through airport gates for the last 24 hours. Additionally, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) claimed Biden has ordered the gate closed and said our fellow Americans will soon be left behind.
US citizens are not being allowed into Kabul international.
Biden has ordered the gates closed. Our fellow Americans will soon be left behind. Unbelievable and unforgivable.
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) August 29, 2021
This comes as the Pentagon announced the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is still slated to come to an end in the coming days.
“As we get closer and we are getting closer, you’re going to see us begin to make those muscle movements to pull out our troops and some of our equipment, as appropriate with any retrograde,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said at a briefing. He added, “we want to preserve as much capability for as long as we can, both in terms of the security footprint and ability to evacuate people.”
Meanwhile, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the next few days would be “the most dangerous period to date.”