WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) released the following statement after President Biden’s remarks regarding Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban:
“I am saddened that President Biden doubled-down on his decision in his remarks yesterday. We handed the Taliban the win and have only emboldened China, Russia and Iran. While I hope that I am wrong, this action will lead to far more deaths and spent American treasure in the future.
“I am not — and have never been — a supporter of withdrawing all of the troops who were in Afghanistan providing air and intelligence support to the Afghan fighters because of their importance to collecting the human intelligence necessary to keep America safe and the very important and strategic airbase built there, which provided us better capabilities to deal with threats from that region.
“As we continue to watch heartbreaking images from Kabul, this Administration must first and foremost ensure the safe evacuation of US embassy staff, diplomats, American citizens, and our Afghan civilian allies in harm’s way. Given the current state of affairs, this is going to be an extremely difficult task.”