representative Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySunday Previews: Chaos In Kabul Affects US Evacuation Efforts Watchdog Group Calls Jan 6th Committee To Consult Republican AGs Pelosi Suggests Jan 6th Panel Could Investigate Jordan And Banks MORE (R-Wyo.) Said Sunday the White House denied that Americans were being beaten and likely held hostage in Afghanistan.
“The fact that we are now somehow relying on the Taliban to protect the Americans and the White House denies what we know of what is happening on the ground, namely that the Americans are being beaten, they are being prevented from entering the gates to get to the airport and they will likely be held hostage, ”Cheney told the host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNo liberal bias in the media? Who is Chuck Todd kidding besides himself? Fauci “very concerned” about COVID-19 surge after Sturgis rally Fauci says some are likely to need Covid-19 booster shots MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
Cheney when asked if she’s thinking President BidenJoe BidenBiden speaks to the nation about evacuating from Afghanistan Sunday afternoon to Pelosi says the house is working to pass infrastructure laws by October 1st The previous government’s agreement with the Taliban could have withdrawn, said: “I think that is out of the question.”
“President Biden is the President of the United States, and he has had no problem turning course on other matters. He has decided that he will rejoin the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. He decided to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. He has reversed a number of decisions made by the Trump administration, ”said Cheney.
“In these circumstances, when it was absolutely the US national security requirement to be on the ground to openly encourage and train the Afghans who bore the brunt of it and who fought for us, President Biden ignored the advice of his military leadership . “And decided instead that he pulls out and all you have to do is see what evolves today,” she added.
Cheney called the deal negotiated between the US and the Taliban under the Trump administration a “surrender agreement”, claiming that the deal “undermined” the Afghan government and “encouraged” the insurgent group.
“We sat down and negotiated with terrorists because we completely excluded the Afghan government from these negotiations. We gave credibility to the Taliban, ”said Cheney.
“We have completely undercut the Afghan national government, we have absolutely encouraged the Taliban, and we now know from public reporting that at the time this agreement was signed, the Taliban went to members of the Afghan national army and said the Americans would leave you, and “You should lay down your guns when the time comes or kill you and your families,” she added.
Cheney said the deal “led directly to the disaster we are witnessing today.”
Cheney’s comments come as the US works to evacuate remaining American citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan as security in the country continues to deteriorate amid heightened Taliban offensive.
According to a White House official, around 3,900 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 23 military flights in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people withdrawn from the region since August 14 to around 25,100.
Around 30,000 people have been evacuated on military and coalition flights until Sunday since the end of July.