Republican chides Blinken for not testifying in individual about Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was criticized by a Republican congressman for testifying nearly on the Biden administration’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, chastised Blinken as he testified through video name from the State Division constructing on Monday, blocks from the place the bodily listening to happened on Capitol Hill in entrance of the Home International Affairs Committee.

“Mr. Blinken , assuming it isn’t categorised, are you able to inform us the place you’re right this moment?” Perry stated.

“Sure, I am on the State Division,” Blinken answered.


“Oh, could not be bothered to return down right here and see Congress? All proper, that is nice,” Perry stated.

Blinken started explaining it was his understanding the Home was “not in session.”

“I’m proper right here, Mr. Secretary, so is the chairman and rating member,” Perry interrupted. “We’re right here!”

Home International Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, stated the occasion was a “hybrid listening to,” so attendees and members got the choice to attend nearly.

He insisted the secretary “has executed no improper” in response to a follow-up inquiry by Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, who requested if Blinken was given the choice to seem nearly.

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Throughout his testimony, Blinken defended the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal technique and execution.

“We deliberate and exercised a variety of contingencies. Due to that planning, we have been ready to attract down our embassy and transfer our remaining personnel to the airport inside 48 hours,” Blinken stated. “And the army — positioned on standby by the president was in a position to safe the airport and begin the evacuation inside 72 hours.”

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