(USA Features) A top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday that GOP members “walked out” of a meeting with Biden administration officials over Afghanistan, adding that he believes “there are still hundreds of Americans still left behind enemy lines.”
“[T]he briefing, the intelligence briefing, everybody walked out,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The fact is, I believe there are still hundreds of Americans still left behind enemy lines. The majority of the interpreters that you and I talked about for so long did not get out,” McCaul said in an interview with CNN.
“And now I’m getting reports of executions, beheadings of their families and themselves, horrific stories,” he added.
“I don’t think they know all the answers, quite honestly. The last report I got in was that there are servicemen who have their families over there, about 125 of them, and we can’t get them,” he said.
McCaul has been a vocal critic of President Joe Biden’s turbulent and deadly pullout from Afghanistan, and he has said on more than one occasion following the Aug. 31 evacuation deadline there are Americans and Afghani allies who were left behind and should not have been.
But the Texas Republican also warned ahead of the pullout that the administration would not be able to rescue all Americans by the deadline.
“I don’t see how, in six days, we can get out what I think is a higher number of American citizens, not to mention the Afghan interpreters who have been left behind,” he told CNN’s “Situation Room.”
“And we promised them we would get them out of there. And now, they’re in the bullseye of the Taliban, and they will be executed,” he said.
“This is a horrific nightmare taking place,” McCaul continued.
“This is all based on the hope that once we pull out on August 31, that the Taliban will keep that airport open to air flights to the United States and our allies to get the remaining people out of there,” McCaul said.
“Maybe with American citizens, possibly, [but] I doubt it. With respect to the Afghan interpreters, I think we just shut the door on them,” McCaul said.