On Wednesday’s FNC “Fox & Friends” show, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Cotton said Blinken “has spent the past two days blaming everyone for the debacle in Afghanistan except for the person responsible for it – Joe Biden.”
“You know Tony Blinken has spent the last two days blaming everyone for the debacle in Afghanistan except for the person responsible for it – Joe Biden,” Cotton said. “And that’s because Tony Blinken has been a longtime aide and a man of confidence to Joe Biden. It’s no surprise that he came there and defended the president’s claim that this was some sort of extraordinary success, as the president called it.
He continued, “I wouldn’t say it’s a tremendous success when we lost 13 Americans to a suicide bomber when our army had to evacuate over 100,000 people doing a great job on the ground. A job they should never have been called upon to do due to the disorganized and poorly planned evacuation they had to do because Tony Blinken’s reporting department, which let’s remember, is responsible for this kind withdrawal and evacuation of civilians, had not properly planned and organized for it.
Cotton would not call for Blinken’s resignation, arguing that Blinken was only following Biden’s orders.
“I think the person who is responsible for what happened in Afghanistan is, unfortunately, the president, not Tony Blinken,” he said. “And Tony Blinken is carrying out the president’s policy. There are still questions I have about Tony Blinken’s preparation for this evacuation and how well the State Department planned or not. I want to get to the bottom of these. And we’ll see what these questions prove in the long run.
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