WH Chief of Staff Announces Plans to Bring Back Stranded Americans
White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, announced on Sunday that the country will work towards bringing back remaining Americans from Afghanistan.
Ron Klain stated that the administration has information that approximately 100 Americans are still in Afghanistan and hopes to reach them once airlines have been resumed. Qatar Airways is expected to continue flight operations to Afghanistan soon, which could aid in bringing back the Americans.
After a week since the evacuation deadline ended, many Americans and Afghan allies are still trapped in the country with no hopes of escaping. According to reports, the Taliban are continuing to hunt down Afghans who helped the US during its 20-year military presence.
The administration wants to find a way to bring back Americans and allies safely with the implementation of a Special Immigrant Visa Process SIV. Even with the rushed evacuation efforts, many are still behind. Currently, there are around 20,000 SIV visa applications in the pipeline.
In a separate interview, republican representative, Adam Kinzinger blamed the administration for the failure of not evacuating everyone. He went on to say
“This is America’s reputation. This is going to last for a long time. It’s going to be a stain on our country.”
PS: Economic Times