(PatriotWise.com)- This week, Mitt Romney blasted President Joe Biden on Wednesday for how he has handled the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Republican senator from Utah said on Wednesday that the United States made the wrong decision to withdrawal completely from the country before all Americans and our Afghan allies have been safely evacuated. He tweeted:
“Truth matters: Leaving Americans and thousands upon thousands of our Afghan partners is not success — it offends our values and aspirations. Mr. President, bring them home.”
The New York Times published a report this week that said the White House believes there are still roughly 100 to 200 Americans still in Afghanistan who have “some intention to leave.” In addition, the Biden administration estimates there are another 100,000 Afghans still in the country who would be eligible for resettlement.
The president has taken a lot of heat recently for how he has handled the entire Afghanistan situation. First, he decided to hastily evacuate all U.S. troops from the country, putting in an initial deadline of September 11, which would’ve marked the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in America.
Then, Biden changed that deadline to August 31 and tried to rush people out of the country as the Taliban took control.
Many people who have criticized Biden and his administration have said they believe that hastily withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan would make it seem like America is leaving plenty of people behind. At the same time, it seems as if the Biden administration is just leaving other vulnerable people to fend for themselves, after all the gains that were made over the last 20 years.
Even people from his own party are not happy with how Biden has handled the situation. In August, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, said the Biden administration should make “every effort between now and September to safeguard the progress made and support our partners in the formation of an inclusive, transitional government.”
Others took a more direct approach to Biden. Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, for example, said Biden reneged on the promises he made to not leave any Americans behind in Afghanistan.
He said of Biden:
“He promised the Taliban that our troops would leave by his arbitrary August 31st deadline, and he promised the American people that our troops would stay until every American was out. He kept his promise to the Taliban and lied to the American people. These lies will cost Americans for decades to come.”
Throughout all this criticism, the president has defended all of his decisions to remove all troops from Afghanistan, and the manner in which he did it. He tried to reiterate this week that there was “no deadline” to evacuate any American who remained in Afghanistan and wanted to leave.
“For those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out. Secretary of State [Antony] Blinken is leading the continued diplomatic efforts to ensure a safe passage for any American, Afghan partner or foreign national who wants to leave Afghanistan.”