U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), Lead Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, joined “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News with Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer to discuss the dire situation in Afghanistan.
Excerpts of the interview are transcribed below.
Lead Republican Rogers on Getting Every American Out of Afghanistan:
“It was frustrating, you know there was no partisanship in the room, all of us just wanted to make sure that every American that wants to leave Afghanistan can get out and that our friends who have helped us over the last 20 years can get out. And there’s nothing special about next Tuesday, we need to have a mission focused on getting everybody out and when everybody’s out, then the mission’s complete.”
Lead Republican Rogers on President Biden Bearing Full Responsibility for Dire Afghanistan Situation:
“He’s not listening. He’s not listening to anybody, if he was listening to his military advisers, we wouldn’t be withdrawing the way we’re withdrawing. The fact is when he told George Stephanopoulos three days ago that nobody advised him against leaving, he was lying. I just know that for a fact, he’s not listening to people, has not been listening, he’s not listening now.
“I want everybody to understand that the fact that we’re in a dangerous situation in Kabul now is solely the responsibility of Joe Biden. We did not have to start pulling out troops before we got the Americans out of there we advised him on a bipartisan fashion, not to do this, he just won’t listen to anybody
“I want everybody to know that there’s no need for us to be in harm’s way right now but for Joe Biden and Antony Blinken. Kabul would not have fallen if he had not pulled all the troops out when he did, so when you look at this exigent circumstance that we’re suffering right now, It is solely the responsibility of Joe Biden.”
-House Armed Services GOP