House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday described the Biden administration’s handling of the evacuation as “probably the biggest failure in American government on a military stage in my lifetime.”
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Rep. McCarthy promised that Republicans would press the White House for answers on what went wrong.
“We can never make this mistake again,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy made the remarks during a press conference with members of the GOP conference and Afghan war vets on Afghanistan and accountability.
Earlier a group of Republican lawmakers gathered on the House floor on Tuesday morning and participated in a moment of silence for the 13 service members who were killed during the suicide bomber attack last week.
They also sought a House vote on legislation from Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., which among other things, would require the administration to submit a report on how many Americans remain in Afghanistan as well as the number of Afghans who had applied for a category of visas reserved for those who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government.
The GOP lawmakers objected as Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., gaveled the House into adjournment and then gathered for a press conference to denounce the administration.