NEW VIDEO: Congressman Zeldin Questions Sec. Blinken on Disastrous Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Taliban Takeover
PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken and called for his resignation at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing after the Biden Administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s resulting takeover of the country, the deaths of 13 U.S. service members, and Americans, U.S. Green Card Holders, and Afghan SIVs left stranded behind enemy lines in terrorist controlled Afghanistan.
During Congressman Zeldin’s questioning (in order of the 5+ minute Q&A):
- Secretary Blinken confirmed that the prior administration’s agreement with the Taliban was conditions based. It was described by a House Democrat on the Committee earlier in the hearing as “unconditional”.
- Secretary Blinken acknowledged that President Biden told George Stephanopoulos that President Biden would have withdrawn from Afghanistan regardless of the prior administration’s conditions based agreement.
- Secretary Blinken said that President Biden got his July 8, 2021 claim from the intelligence community that it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would take over Afghanistan. That is not true and was not the intelligence community’s estimate.
- Secretary Blinken refused to specify an exact number of Americans, U.S. Green Card Holders, and Afghan SIVs still in Afghanistan.
Finally, Congressman Zeldin detailed his strong opposition to the manner in which the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, calling on Secretary Blinken to resign and stating, “You sir should resign. That would be leadership.”