Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who misplaced each of his legs whereas serving in Afghanistan, obtained right into a heated change with Blinken because the congressman’s allotted time to query the secretary of state drew to an in depth.
Mast slammed the administration’s dealing with of the withdrawal, pointing to Biden’s controversial leaked call with the previous Afghan president, main the Florida Republican to proclaim that he doesn’t “consider a phrase” the secretary was saying.
“I do not wish to hear from the secretary,” Mast mentioned. “He lies to us when he seems earlier than us.”
“I don’t wish to hear the secretary,” the congressman repeated himself. “We don’t want to listen to lies.”
Mast additionally confirmed Blinken the images of the 13 service members killed within the Kabul suicide bombing whereas studying their names, ages, and quotes from their households.
Republicans on the committee excoriated Blinken in his first of two hearings on the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. A number of Republicans advised Blinken he should resign.
Democrats, in the meantime, largely defended Blinken and the Biden administration through the listening to, with many Democrats blaming former President Donald Trump as an alternative.
Through the listening to, Blinken additionally mentioned that, as of the tip of final week, roughly 100 Americans stay stranded in Afghanistan.
Moreover, the secretary of state mentioned that “a number of 1000’s” U.S. everlasting residents additionally stay in Afghanistan.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox Information Digital. Yow will discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene