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President Joe Biden was said to meet with a bipartisan group of governors across the United States who approached the White House to help resettle Afghans fleeing the country, which was taken over by the Taliban.
He was also set to have his first in-person meeting with Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett.
Both meetings have been canceled after four U.S. Marines were killed in explosions that claimed numerous other casualties in Kabul.
The White House meeting with the governors was set to take place days before the August 31 deadline for the U.S. to halt the evacuations of Americans and Afghans from the airport in Kabul, and to withdraw entirely from Afghanistan after 20 years of occupation.
According to the Associated Press, governors said they wanted to help temporarily house or resettle Afghans, many of whom worked for the U.S. military, in their communities because many of them assisted America in the war effort against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Over 50,000 civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan, fearing retribution from the Islamist militant group and its allies for their assistance in the war.
U.S. lawmakers and governors alike, especially military veterans say that the Biden administration must keep its word to the Afghans who helped the United States.
In a statement, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, said he welcomes Afghan refugees to Oklahoma.
“Governor Stitt welcomes Afghans fleeing the terrorist Taliban regime to come to Oklahoma and live in the freedom we hold so dearly. Our office is exploring every possible avenue to help to ensure no American citizen nor any of our allies are left behind.”
Although many conservatives have raised alarms about the influx of refugees to the United States, who are arriving amid an ongoing surge at the U.S. southern border by illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries, many say that Afghan refugees who seek resettlement in the United States must be vetted and prove their status as SIVs, or special visa holders who lent their effort to the United States in Afghanistan.
Despite the Republican’s desire to support resettling Afghan refugees, many are criticizing Biden’s mishandling of the pullout, which has proven nothing short of disastrous.
In a statement, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, slammed Biden for his inability to keep his word to America’s allies.
“We made a commitment. We can’t let them down,” Hogan said on “CBS This Morning.” “What kind of message does it send to our allies across the world if our word is no good?”
In addition to breaking the meeting with the governors to address the terrorist attacks in Kabul on Thursday, Biden postponed his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who was on his first visit to the United States since taking office.
According to PBS, Biden’s meetings with Bennett have been delayed indefinitely, while the governor’s meeting was canceled, the White House said. The White House also postponed a briefing by government health and medical experts which was scheduled for Thursday.
State Department and White House officials have not provided an update on whether Biden intends to stick to the evacuation plans he previously put in place.
Amid reports that the evacuation could end as early as Friday, Ross Wilson, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan refused to comment.
Speaking to CBS News Anchor Norah O’Donnell on Wednesday, Wilson blamed Americans in Afghanistan for refusing to leave.
He made his remarks in spite of canceled flights and warnings from the State Department to U.S. citizens trapped in Afghanistan not to go to the airport amid security threats.
The Taliban has also reportedly stopped and beaten U.S. citizens and allies attempting to go to the airport.
“People chose not to leave,” he said. “That’s their business.”
Top U.S. diplomat says the State Department put out repeated warnings every three weeks to Americans in Afghanistan telling them to leave since April: “People chose not to leave. That’s their business,” Ross Wilson said. pic.twitter.com/hr5HlLxA0F
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) August 26, 2021
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