Sen. McConnell Reacts to Calls to Impeach Pres. Biden over Afghanistan Exit

Senator Mitch McConnell sat down with 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman in Owensboro, Kentucky to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan.

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 11:22 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 7:06 AM

On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell sat down with 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The topic at the forefront of the discussion was the current crisis in Afghanistan. Thousands of Americans and allies remain in the country which has fallen back into the hands of the Taliban. The U.S. has ramped up efforts to evacuate after the exit strategy went sideways.

“The evacuation is a result of an extraordinarily bad decision,” said Sen. McConnell, who has been extremely critical of the Biden Administration’s handling of the situation.

McConnell: President Lacked an Exit Strategy 

On Sunday, President Biden indicated that the chaos was inevitable. The President went on to say, “There is no way to evacuate this many people, without pain and loss, and heartbreak."

Sen. McConnell disagrees. “The barbarians [Taliban] are running the country again. If you had to make a decision like that. At least you would have enough troops there and a plan to handle a very complicated evacuation."

Calls to Impeach Pres. Biden Over Mishandling

However, when asked if he would support Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s calls to impeach President Biden over the handling of the removal of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, the Senator said no.

When asked why, Sen. McConnell responded, "I don't routinely react to those kinds of comments about members of the House.”

Message to Kentucky Families of Fallen Service Members

During Operation Enduring Freedom, 42 Kentuckians lost their lives in Afghanistan, according to records from the Department of Defense. Those Commonwealth natives were killed between 2001 and 2014.

"I would think they would be very discouraged,” said Sen. McConnell, when asked about the families of those service members, who are now watching the country crumble.

“What I would say to them is, it was important. You kept America safe for 20 years,” continued Sen. McConnell. “They were unable to hit us again, here in the homeland from over there. Your son or daughter did not die in vain."

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