Lesko Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan

Washington, August 16, 2021 | Rachel Harris (202-417-0746)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) released the following statement regarding the situation in Afghanistan:

“As the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, it is becoming clear that this disaster is a direct result of a botched drawdown effort orchestrated by the Biden Administration. Yesterday, I attended a Congressional briefing with administration officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who assured us that there would be a safe and orderly drawdown—footage from the ground shows that is clearly not the case. Desperate Afghans are scaling fences, hanging onto planes, and falling to their deaths all in attempts to escape this chaos. After decades of sacrifice by American men and women in Afghanistan, it is devastating to see what has become of this country. My prayers are with the troops on the ground to assist with evacuation efforts, the Americans awaiting evacuation, and the Afghan citizens facing an uncertain future—especially the women and girls.

My office is prepared to assist Americans seeking evacuation. If you need assistance, please contact my office at 623-776-7911.”

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