The White House and U.S. State Department are holding up charter planes at an airport in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif that will transport 19 Americans and 40 SIV holders to Albania, David Rohde, the manager editor at NewYorker.com stated in an interview Monday.
“I need to repeat that,” he stated. “It is the State Department and the White House” holding up the planes. He stated the civilian effort has been “much more formidable, much more dynamic and much more profitable than what the administration has been doing.”
On Sunday, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, informed Fox News that the Taliban has blocked Americans aboard six planes at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport. Three Americans concerned in the personal evacuation of these nonetheless in the nation additionally blasted the State Department for stopping the evacuation flights from leaving the nation.
Rohde informed MSNBC that he received his data from Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s communications director. He additionally stated that he was informed that Blumenthal’s constituents voiced their displeasure in regards to the Biden administration’s dealing with of Afghanistan. Blumenthal’s workplace and the State Department didn’t instantly reply to after-hour emails from Fox News.
A U.S. official informed Reuters that Washington has not “confirmed any Americans are in Mazar-i-Sharif making an attempt to go away the airport.” A spokesperson from the State Department informed Reuters, “We will maintain the Taliban to its pledge to let individuals freely depart Afghanistan.”
In 2008, Rohde, who was a reporter for the New York Times on the time, was kidnapped at gunpoint together with an Afghan journalist and driver. They managed to flee and he not too long ago wrote a column titled, “Trying—And Failing—To Save the Family of the Afghan Who Saved Me.”
“This is a rising political drawback for President Biden and it’s not going to go away,” Rohde stated.