UPDATED 1:35 PM PT – Sunday, September 5, 2021
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Homeland Security Committee member, said a terrorist attack on U.S. soil was not a matter of if, but when. In a recent interview, the Florida Republican pointed out the Taliban have taken over billions of dollars in American equipment, while Afghanistan has become a safe haven for extremists.
Gimenez noted the billions of dollars worth of equipment seized by the Taliban, such as helicopters and small arms. He added because of this, he didn’t think any American should feel safer today than they did a few weeks ago.
The Republican lawmaker blamed the increased risk of a terrorist attack on the “botched Afghanistan pullout.” He has remained a strong critic against Joe Biden’s handling of the withdrawal and slammed him for calling it a success.
“Biden’s Afghanistan blunder left 13 service members dead, countless Americans stranded, our Afghan allies abandoned, the Taliban with billions in military equipment, and our world allies lacking trust in America,” he expressed in a recent tweet. “That is not an ‘extraordinary success.’”
With the threat of Al Qaeda & ISIS growing from the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, we must secure our southern border.
— Rep. Jake LaTurner (@RepLaTurner) August 30, 2021
Gimenez said the U.S. was also faced with a “debacle” along the southern border as individuals on the terror watchlist, along with hundreds of thousands of immigrants, have entered the U.S. He has been one of many Republican lawmakers who have insisted for Biden to be held accountable.
Gimenez went on to say he didn’t have faith the Biden administration would keep Americans safe.