Rep. Ronny Jackson recently conducted an interview where he stated that it’s “ridiculous” to think that Americans will be able to get away from the Taliban in Afghanistan now that U.S. soldiers are gone when they weren’t able to escape from them while the military was in the country.
“Their only option at this point is to take these dangerous, treacherous treks, [of] six, eight, 10 hours across the country, to try to get across the border to another country, and they have to cross through multiple Taliban checkpoints on the way,” the Texas congressman stated during his appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “These are American citizens and we have left them to fend for themselves in the middle of the most heinous terrorist group on the planet.”
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Tuesday on MSNBC that there are still “low hundreds” of Americans in Afghanistan, and said that there will not be a “whole of government effort” rather than the military playing a role in getting them out.
“If they get captured by ISIS, you know what’s going to happen,” Jackson said when discussing the consequences of leaving Americans behind during his conversation with Newsmax. “It’s going to be horrible. We’re going to see the images that we saw in the Obama administration with the orange jumpsuits again, and people being decapitated on camera. That’s the kind of stuff that’s out there.”
He added that “it makes my blood boil” that Americans have been left behind, and that it’s “shameful [and] it is embarrassing.”
The congressman further told Newsmax that there are 77 people from his district alone who remain in Afghanistan.
“I have a woman and three children who have been trying for over a week to get out,” Jackson explained. “She’s followed every single direction the State Department gave her. She’s been to the gate multiple times. She was 200 feet from the gate the other day, and they wouldn’t let her in. She went back, and she hit a Taliban checkpoint, and they struck her 15-year-old son in the head. They beat her uncle up, and they put a gun to her head and told her they didn’t care who she was or what her passport was, said if she came back to the checkpoint, they were going to kill her.”
Jackson said the State Department has not done anything to help the woman.
“The State Department also doesn’t have an exact number, I don’t even know how that’s possible, they don’t have an exact number of how many Americans are in the country,” he added.