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Washington D.C. – Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (CA-22), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (TX-10) held a phone call with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States.

Leader McCarthy issued the following statement after the call:

“Tonight we held a phone call with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Adela Raz, to discuss the deteriorating situation. I’ve remained deeply concerned with the Biden administration’s complete mismanagement of the withdrawal. The White House has no discernable plan other than pleading with the Taliban. The bungled withdrawal, reminiscent of his failed withdrawal from Iraq, is an embarrassment to our nation. 

“Our country is the greatest superpower in history and we cannot abandon our allies. President Biden must continue to provide the close air support necessary for the Afghan government to protect themselves from the Taliban and make sure al Qaeda and ISIS do not gain a foothold due to the Biden administration’s disastrous policies.

“At a time when our troops are in harm’s way, and our Afghan allies are being targeted and killed, we cannot turn a blind eye to the situation that has spiraled out of control. Our brave men and women in uniform and the allies who stood beside us for the past 20 years deserve better.”