Republicans have long been critical of President Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A December tweet from Republican congressional candidate Derrick Van Orden blames President Biden for “abandoning thousands of our fellow citizens in the United States” during last summer’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan – the United States’ longest war.
“His claim is that President Joe Biden’s actions left between 10,000 and 15,000 U.S. citizens left behind by terrorists in Afghanistan,” Greg Borowski told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This fact check depends on a word and on the numbers.”
PolitiFact Wisconsin said – Van Orden, a retired Navy Seal, is generally right in the numbers. The State Department’s initial numbers were in the thousands, but that does not mean they were all abandoned.
“His claim assumes that all the Americans who were back in Afghanistan at the time of the evacuation wanted to leave,” Borowski said. But the Foreign Ministry says that is simply not the case. “
PoliceFact Wisconsin says that after the withdrawal deadline, the number of Americans who wanted to be evacuated was much lower.
“The State Department says it tracks how many Americans wanted to leave that country at any given time. They said there were about 100 left at the time of the withdrawal, and since then they have helped about 1,000 more people leave Afghanistan. , “said Borowski.
PoliceFact Wisconsin rated this claim mostly false – meaning it contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts.
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