Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas on Tuesday sparred with Secretary of State Antony Blinken over reports that the State Department gave the Taliban lists of Americans and Afghan allies the U.S. was trying to evacuate.
“Did the State Department give the Taliban a list or multiple list of Americans and or Afghans that we wanted out?” Cruz asked Blinken at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Afghanistan withdrawal.
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“Those reports and the idea that we would do anything to endanger our citizens or anyone else at a time when we were trying to save their lives [are] flat-out wrong,” Blinken said, but later added that “in limited instances” the U.S. gave a manifest to people at a checkpoint to demonstrate they were expected.
Cruz was referring to a Politico report, confirmed by Fox News, that U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies in an effort to grant them entry to the airport, which resu
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