House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) applauded President Joe Biden for his leadership in exiting the 20-years war in Afghanistan, hailing the evacuation that she called “the largest and most successful airlift in U.S. history.”
“Today, America and the world observe a milestone of solemnity: the end of the twenty-year war in Afghanistan,” Pelosi wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
“I commend @POTUS for his steadfast leadership in ending a forever war. Too many men and women in uniform and their families have had to bear the burden of this conflict,” she said.
“As we honor the heroism of the fallen, we salute each member of our military, intelligence and diplomatic communities who conducted this evacuation, which is the largest and most successful airlift in U.S. history,” the speaker continued.
Pelosi said that Congress would continue to work with the Biden administration “to address the security and humanitarian challenges that remain for evacuees and those who wish to be evacuated.”
On Tuesday, Pelosi made the remarks after Biden defended his decision on the U.S. withdrawal, hailing the operation as an “extraordinary success.”
“No nation has ever done anything like it in all of history; only the United States had the capacity and the will and ability to do it,” Biden said during an address to the nation.
After hundreds of American citizens were left stranded in the country, the Biden administration has been criticized for mishandling the evacuation.
Biden admitted on Tuesday that he was leaving 10% of Americans, that his administration intended to evacuate, in Afghanistan.
“90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave. And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out,” he said.
The evacuation process was also not smooth as 13 U.S. service members were killed outside the Kabul airport due to an attack from an affiliate of the Islamic State, namely ISIS-K.
The House Republicans have asked Pelosi to read the names of the fallen U.S. service members publicly, but the speaker blocked the request, Breitbart reported.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) criticized Pelosi’s decision to ignore Republicans’ requests.
“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That’s how far our nation has fallen,” Steube said in a tweet.
Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (R-Fla.) even claimed that the speaker is attempting “to cover up” the Afghan debacle by denying reading the names of the fallen troops from the floor.
“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?” Gimenez tweeted. “They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week. Don’t you think our military deserves better?”