UPDATED 12:58 PM PT – Sunday, September 5, 2021
Florida Congressman Michael Waltz (R) has rejected the Biden administration’s claim that Americans left in Afghanistan didn’t want to leave, despite being warned to do so. In an interview on Saturday, Waltz dismissed the claim as “a bunch of garbage.”
Waltz pointed out Americans left behind very much wanted to leave and sent numerous emails out. However, government officials across the administration have continued to say everything would be fine.
“They’re desperate to leave. They very much have wanted to leave. They were trying to when the Kabul airport was open, and they’re still trying to now,” said Waltz in an interview Saturday.
Our evacuation mission in Afghanistan is NOT over. Right now, Americans are in hiding waiting for private flights to be diplomatically cleared by the State Department for take off. (1/2) https://t.co/fPnOg0PvBV
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) September 4, 2021
He also noted they would of had to travel through several Taliban checkpoints without U.S. protection to make it to the Kabul airport.
Waltz’ comments came after Biden took to Twitter to offer a “welcome home” message to Afghan refugees while many Americans, green card and SIV holders still remain in Afghanistan.