Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Texas, who served as a Navy fighter pilot in Afghanistan three times, told Fox News that he wants to know “who’s behind the curtain” after President Biden said during a press conference on Thursday that he had been “instructed” to call on certain reporters.
“Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was Kelly O’Donnell from NBC,” said Biden, following his remarks on the ISIS-K attack outside the Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul.
Ellzey noted that while presidents frequently seek advise from their aides, but “they don’t take instructions.”
“Everybody who has a staff, takes input from that staff and they will either take their recommendation or not, but they don’t take instructions and I think it’s worth, down the road, finding out in the course of an accountability investigation, who’s behind the curtain?” asked Ellzey.
Ellzey told Fox News that he and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle are working together to finish the evacuation. The congressman also stated that he thought Biden’s August 31 deadline was “arbitrary.”
“We as Americans, both Democrats and Republicans on the Hill have united in needing answers but more importantly demanding that we get everybody out first and not adhere to some arbitrary timeline, like August 31st.”
“Veterans, active-duty military people who have any understanding and appreciation of history recognize missions are accomplished only on their timeline, not on one that we set for them,” he continued.
According to Politico, American officials gave the Taliban the names of American and Afghan allies attempting to flee the country.
Ellzey called the idea of Americans providing American names to the Taliban “ridiculous” and he demanded that the officials who made the decision resign.
“There’s really not even a word for it. That is that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard that you’re going to give the Taliban the names of Americans, knowing full well that if they catch them, what they could do to them. Whoever made that decision should be resigned, fired or whatever they need to be, they need to be kicked out.”
Afghanistan War Veteran Rep. Ellzey: Need Accountability & Oversight For Biden’s Withdrawal
Texas Congressman Jake Ellzey: “The Taliban are a terrorist organization.”