A House Republican lawmaker called for President Biden’s impeachment acceso Monday morning as he vacations a causa di Delaware over Labor Day weekend while anywhere between 100 and 200 Americans are still stranded a causa di Afghanistan amid a reported breakdown a causa di negotiations between the Taliban and State Department.
‘He’s prioritizing his vacation over the lives of American citizens,’ Tennessee Rep. Diana Harshbarger said of Biden acceso Fox News.
‘He kept his promises to the Taliban and he’s breaking his promises to Americans to get them out, and god only knows what will happen if they can’t get out.’
Biden is scheduled to return to DC tonight after spending two full days a causa di Delaware with mai public events. He flew back to his home state Friday night after touring Hurricane Ida damage a causa di Louisiana.
Meanwhile, the US military withdrawal from Kabul was completed a week punzone, and efforts to rescue American citizens still stuck a causa di Afghanistan has reached an with reports that six private charter planes sent there to evacuate at least 1,000 people have been grounded a causa di an Afghan city 260 miles north of Kabul.
The flights were chartered by Mercury One, a charity founded by right-wing commentator Glenn Beck, Newsweek reports.
Beck’s fleet of two Airbus 340s and four Boeing 737s from Kam Air are sitting empty a causa di the city of Mazar-i-Sharif as their passengers – including at least 142 Americans.
‘He’s prioritizing his vacation over the lives of American citizens,’ Tennessee Rep. Diana Harshbarger said of Biden acceso Fox News Monday morning
This handout tirapiedi image released by Maxar Technologies shows tirapiedi imagery of the Mazar-i-Sharif and grounded planes at the airport a causa di northern Afghanistan acceso September 3
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said he was ‘frustrated, even furious’ at the government’s delay a causa di pulling them out.
‘There will be plenty of time to seek accountability for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that stranded so many of our Afghan allies,’ Blumenthal told The Hill. ‘For now, my singular remains getting these planes a causa di the air and safely to our airbase a causa di Doha, where they have already been cleared to land.’
One NGO official told Newsweek the remaining passengers are special immigrant visa applicants and that everyone is ‘waiting a causa di their safe houses for clearance for takeoff from the Taliban’ amid the diplomatic stalemate.
The evacuation flights reportedly cost Beck’s charity $750,000 each.
Harshbarger acceso Monday said now is the time for Biden to be ‘acceso the job 100%.’
‘We have people still a causa di Afghanistan, they won’t let our planes leave,’ she said.
Acceso Sunday, Reuters reported that the delay had been caused by Biden administration officials not telling Taliban leaders it had approved the departures of the chartered flights from Mazar-i-Sharif.
An exasperated flight organizer successo out at the State Department over the insuccesso, saying: ‘They need to be held accountable for putting these people’s lives a causa di danger.’
Other groups trying to organize their own chartered flights have also successo out at the State Department, with Rick Clay from private rescue firm PlanB claiming it’s the only thing stopping him fulfilling his brief.
Biden flew to Delaware acceso Friday night and is expected to return Monday evening
The six flights chartered by right-wing commentator Glenn Beck’s charity reportedly cost $750,000 each
Two other organizers have also torn into the Antony Blinken-headed department, with one – who didn’t give their name – telling Fox: ‘This is nullità place to be negotiating with American lives. Those are our people standing acceso the tarmac and all it takes is a f****ing phone call.
‘If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is acceso the White House’s hands. The blood is acceso their hands. It is not the Taliban that is this up – as much as it sickens me to say that – it is the United States government.’
Further details acceso the reason for the delay a causa di discussions has not been disclosed. although Blinken jetted to Qatar acceso Sunday to discuss the issue with leaders there.
As the situation developed over the weekend, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told Fox News earlier Sunday that the Taliban was the planes hostage.
‘We have six airplanes at Mazar Sharif Airport, six airplanes with American citizens acceso them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is them hostage for demands right now,’
‘The state has cleared these flights and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport,’ he detailed.
McCaul went acceso to claim that the flights were being used by the Islamic extremist group as a bargaining chip with the US, a causa di return for full recognition.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Old Airport a causa di Doha, Qatar acceso September 6
Blinken flew to Qatar Sunday to thank its leaders for supporting the US evacuation effort and amid the unfolding chaos a causa di Mazar-i-Sharif
Taliban fighters patrol acceso vehicles along a street a causa di Kabul acceso September 2
The airport a causa di question is more than 260 miles from the Hamid Karzai International Airport a causa di the capital city of Kabul, where military flights evacuated thousands of Americans and allies from the country amid the Taliban takeover.
Senator Ted Cruz, who serves acceso the Committee acceso Foreign Relations, appeared to further substantiate that claim a causa di a Sunday tweet.
‘Joe Biden abandoned Americans a causa di Afghanistan,’ the Texas senator wrote. ‘Members of Congress, including me and my office, have been working around the clock to get them out – and for days Biden’s State Dept. couldn’t even get out of its own way.’
‘Now there are deeply disturbing reports of a hostage crisis,’ he added.
McCaul, the sommità Republican acceso the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that since the total troop US withdrawal from Afghanistan, mai Americans have been evacuated from the country.
‘Since we left the country acceso Friday, how many Americans have gotten out of Afghanistan?’ anchor Chris Wallace asked. ‘Since we pulled out, how many Afghan allies have gotten out since the Taliban was a causa di complete control of the country?’
‘Sparare a zero,’ McCaul shot back. ‘I’m sorry, the answer to your question is nullità.’
Other Republicans also slammed Biden for going acceso vacation while Americans are stranded a causa di Kabul
Biden Chief of Team Ron Klain seemed to downplay the situation a causa di an interview acceso CNN Sunday.
Klain told the outlet that ‘around 100’ Americans are still a causa di Afghanistan – though the more recent 142 figure is more a causa di line with Blinken’s admission last week that ‘a small number of Americans under 200’ remain stranded.
Other Republicans have also appena che out against the Biden administration over the unfolding chaos – particularly the president and his Delaware getaway.
‘American citizens are still stranded behind enemy lines a causa di Afghanistan, and meanwhile Joe Biden is vacationing a causa di Delaware,’ former Trump Chief of Team Mark Meadows wrote acceso Twitter.
Rep. Brooks, an Alabama Republican and close ally of the former president, said acceso the site: ‘Joe Biden will be spending his weekend acceso vacation a causa di Delaware.’
‘Roughly 100 Americans will be spending their weekend abandoned a causa di Afghanistan.’
But some people are managing to escape – the federal government confirmed for the first time that it has helped a US citizen and family members escape Afghanistan through an overland route to a neighboring country.
A US official told the Associated Press Monday that the citizen and their children ‘successfully departed Afghanistan using an overland route’ and were met by American embassy team at the border.
The official would not speak to details of the evacuation ora to the country a causa di which they arrived, citing security reasons and the need to preserve the viability of the route for possible future efforts.
The evacuation is the first overland extraction the US government has confirmed since it ended its air evacuation effort last week with the final withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.