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Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) said he has received more than 11,000 requests for evacuation from Afghanistan, casting strong doubts on the Biden Administration’s claims that just a few hundred Americans remain in the Islamic country.
“My office, we’ve been inundated, we’ve now hit over 11,000 evacuation requests,” he told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Reports. The ones that we’ve been pushing the hardest on right now are the Americans that we still know there in Afghanistan, and I’ll tell you, it was — it’s been really tough for the last few days, just hearing how difficult it’s been for them. They’ve been — many of them have been stuck outside the airport gates for hours, and now that the final planes have left, they are left with a lot of concern about what comes next and they have a lot of questions. So, we as a nation need to respond.”
Kim said “many of them have been stuck outside the airport gates for hours, and now that the final planes have left, they are left with a lot of concern about what comes next and they have a lot of questions.”
“One of these families has a 4-year-old child that’s an American citizen, and it’s tough,” he said. “I’ve got a 4-year-old kid, too, and I would move mountains to be able to try to get my kid to safety. So, to think about these families that are going through these Taliban checkpoints trying to get to the airport, and they’re like 50 feet away from the gate.”
President Trump would not have left any Americans behind — including four-year-old children.
WHAT NEXT? Many of us are deeply frustrated that we could not evacuate all Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan. Now we need to hear specifics on what the plan is to get them out and continue support for Afghan partners. Here are some ideas for what happens next. THREAD pic.twitter.com/uUMFHCZRhc— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) August 30, 2021