The Biden administration is being rebuked from both sides of the aisle as 15,000 American citizens stuck in Afghanistan with no evacuation plan, OPEC denies Biden request to increase oil production and more top stories.
Biden administration officials reportedly told Senate staffers on Tuesday there were 15,000 Americans remaining in Afghanistan and told them there is no plan in place to evacuate US citizens outside of Kabul because of Taliban checkpoints, according to two aides, NBC reported.
On Tuesday, US officials said about 1,100 US citizens, permanent residents, and their families were evacuated on 13 flights.
A memo obtained by CBS News producer Sarah Cook and posted to Twitter on Tuesday read: “To American Citizens, thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan. The US Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed that an undefined number of US government-provided flights will begin soon. Please make your way to Hamid Karzai international airport at this time. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP.”
During an interview on Hannity on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump spoke out about the situation unfolding in Afghanistan, The Political Insider reported.
“I don’t think in all of the years our country has ever been so humiliated,” Trump said. “I don’t know what you call it, a military defeat or a psychological defeat. There’s never been anything like what’s happened here.”
“You can go back to Jimmy Carter with the hostages,” Trump continued. “We all thought that was a great embarrassment, and we were pulled out of that by Ronald Reagan. This is many, many times worse.”
“You are dealing with thousands and thousands of Americans and others that are stranded and very dangerously really stranded in Afghanistan,” Trump added. “It has been the most humiliating period of time that I’ve ever seen.”
A petition by the Biden administration to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to increase oil production as a way of alleviating rising gasoline prices was reportedly rejected. Reportedly, the Biden administration’s request said it saw rising gasoline prices as a threat to the global economic recovery.
Reuters reported that OPEC+ said they saw no need to meet a U.S. request for increased supply, having already agreed in July to boost output by 400,000 barrels a day in August. Four sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters: “There was no need to release extra oil more quickly, while another said there was no concern that the planned schedule of increases would leave any demand unmet.”
Biden has been widely criticized for stopping the construction of the Keystone Xl Pipeline, which was designed to increase the flow of oil from Canada to the United States, the Western Journal Reported. Biden Also halted new oil and gas leases on public lands.