During his interview with George Stephanopoulus, President Biden was asked what about “our Afghan allies” and whether they would be helped out.
After saying the estimate of 80k was “too high” Biden said “The estimate we’re giving is 50-65k folks total, counting their families.”
“The commitment holds to get everyone out that in fact, we can get out and everyone who should come out.”
On evacuating Americans left in Afghanistan past the August deadline:
Biden said, “if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out.”
Two hours earlier, Defense Sec. Austin said that the US would stay “until the clock runs out.”pic.twitter.com/FTV72FJLEs
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) August 18, 2021
Facing a recall election, Democrat California Governor said at a recent “Vote No” rally Afghan Refugees are welcome in the state of California.
“We’re a state of refuge,” Newsom said. “I’m proud of the fact over the last decade California has taken in more refugees than any other state in America, and I’m proud of the fact a disproportionate number of [Afghan] refugees are here in Northern California, not just here in the south, but also up in Sacramento County.”
“We’re already working in terms of a lot of those refugees coming in and working with CBOs and nonprofit organizations to make sure that they feel welcome and celebrated as members of our community,” he added.
According to the Associated Press, thousands of refugees may be sent to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, for processing, Defense Department officials said. According to Breitbart, Garry Reid, director of the Department of Defense’s Afghanistan Crisis Action Group, said that the Army will set up reception centers for the refugees at both Fort McCoy and Fort Bliss in Texas. The Army is also preparing to receive refugees at Fort Lee in Virginia.