A State Department program developed by the Trump administration to provide swift and safe evacuations of Americans from crisis zones was eliminated by the Biden administration only months before the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
The National Pulse reported exclusively on Wednesday that Anthony Blinken’s State Department paused the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau in June, which was designed to handle medical, diplomatic and logistical support for Americans overseas.
An action memo from the desk of Deputy Secretary of State Brian P. McKeon advising Blinken to halt the program was approved, according to an image published by the National Pulse.
While the memo was signed June 11, the National Pulse reported the decision to halt the program may have come as early as February.
Meanwhile, the White House has indicated this week it has little confidence it can evacuate all of the estimated 10,000 to 40,000 U.S. nationals from Afghanistan before the Taliban take full control of the country, noted Washington Examiner columnist Beckett Adams.
“The vague, noncommittal language used this week by White House officials, coupled with detailed reports claiming the administration failed to put together an evacuation plan for American citizens prior to withdrawing, signals that not even the people in charge of the U.S.’s slipshod, frantic retreat from Afghanistan believe all U.S.