Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a hearing on Tuesday over President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The withdrawal resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen U.S. soldiers in a suicide attack and dozens of Americans being left behind in the country.
Cruz called the Biden administration’s foreign policy decisions in Afghanistan “the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” adding that America’s enemies have been “emboldened” by Biden’s weakness.
Cruz pressed Blinken on whether the administration gave the Taliban a list of Americans or Afghans that wanted out, which Blinken denied. However, just moments later, Cruz got Blinken to admit that the administration gave the Taliban manifests, listing the names of people that were supposed to be getting on flights to leave the country, effectively contradicting Blinken’s previous statement.
Cruz also grilled Blinken on reports that children were and are being abused and forced to marry older Afghan men so they can leave Afghanistan.