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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Congressman Sherman questions Secretary Blinken – Shows Trump Administration had No Plan to Evacuate Afghanistan by May 1


Sep 13, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) today participated in the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing evaluating the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Sherman focused his questioning on the lack of any planning by the previous Administration for the withdrawal which President Trump had negotiated with the Taliban. That agreement allowed for the release of 5,000 Taliban fighters and leaders without even reasonably enforceable commitments from the Taliban. Sherman also noted that there was no effort to know what Americans were in Afghanistan, an exceedingly dangerous country, and the need to institute a system for registering Americans in dangerous, conflict-riven countries to assist in communication with, and if necessary, evacuation from, such countries.    

Sherman: "How meticulous was the planning for the Trump administration declared May 1st withdrawal?"

Sec. Blinken: "We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan."

Watch Congressman Sherman’s full exchange with Secretary Blinken here.