Democrat Connolly on Americans Stranded in Afghanistan: 'I Still Don't Know How Many'
'I don’t, and I didn’t, and I intend to pursue that today as well'
Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly claimed he has yet to receive a response from the State Department on how many Americans are stranded in Afghanistan.
Connolly said he gives the administration “some credit for removing 120,000 people in the evacuation."
"But there are still tens of thousands left behind, and I want to know their status and what the plans are to try to help them.”
Host Ana Cabrera asked:
“You sent a letter, in fact, just last week to the secretary seeking answers, including how many Americans remain there in Afghanistan, what steps the U.S. government is taking to continue those evacuations for Americans and Afghan allies."
"Have you gotten a response already, and do you know how many Americans are left?”
“I don’t, and I didn’t, and I intend to pursue that today as well."
"As you may know, Ana, my office, I think, is the number one out of 435 congressional offices in America that submitted the most names of Afghan nationals seeking to be evacuated, 20,000 names in three weeks, and in addition to Americans or people with American residence — legal residence who wanted to get out."
"And we still need a comprehensive answer in terms of the status of each and every one of those individuals.”
Last week, Neon Nettle reported at least 500 Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan, contradicting Biden's lower estimate of between 100 and 200.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that those who believe Biden underestimated the number of trapped Americans include Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who said:
"The number of U.S. citizens still there and wanting to leave is closer to 500.”
"If you also included the family members of those trapped, the “number of people could be as high as 1,000," Issa stated.
The White House's initial estimate of Americans in Afghanistan before the country collapsed was about 11,000.
But the Biden administration said just 6,000 Americans had been flown out of the country following the evacuation, leaving potentially around 5,000.