GOP Senator Mitt Romney said the possibility of Americans and Afghan allies being left behind in Afghanistan would be a “moral stain” and blamed the Trump and Biden administrations for the chaotic exit from Afghanistan.
“This is the result of very ineffective decisions, terrible decisions made by the previous administration and by the current administration,” Romney told CNN on Sunday.
“This was not to happen. It was preventable, ”Romney continued.
A little more context: In an interview on ABC, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there were still around 300 US citizens in Afghanistan seeking to leave the country.
Romney warned that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan increases the likelihood of a Taliban-sponsored attack on Americans, and claimed the likelihood is higher today than when the United States first entered. Afghanistan 20 years ago.
“We went to Afghanistan because we were attacked on September 11 and lost thousands of American lives. Now America is more in danger. The decision to withdraw our military from Afghanistan puts us further at risk, ”Romney said.
Romney said he welcomes Afghan evacuees arriving in the United States and has distanced himself from Republicans who have criticized the relocation of Afghan allies to the United States on the basis of restricting immigration.
“I believe in the bottom of their hearts that they recognize that we have a moral responsibility, and in accordance with our national character, we welcome in our country those who seek asylum, and those in particular who fought alongside our troops, ”Romney said.
Asked about the Utah native Marine Corps sergeant major. Darin Taylor Hoover, a native of Utah, who was killed in an attack at Kabul airport on Thursday, Romney called him an “American hero” and praised the sacrifices of the 13 servicemen who died in the attack.
“It is an extraordinary sacrifice that they are making and is very much in keeping with our extraordinary national heritage,” Romney said.
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