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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) went on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” and tried to make the case that former President Donald Trump’s “extremely xenophobic and racist immigration policies” played a role in the chaos in Kabul.
Joy Reid said: “We used to have an annual ceiling of 231,000 people under Ronald Reagan. No moderate figure there. George W. Bush 70,000. Under President Obama, it was 85,000. Under Trump 15,000.
“We have had former members of the administration come forward and talk about Stephen Miller, eventual essentially waging a rhetorical war against the idea of Afghans coming here. We have seen people on another network call them invaders.
“So there is another side of this. There is another side that doesn’t want any of them here. So do you think that the politics around bringing more people in are going to be challenged by that xenophobic attitude we are seeing play out?”
AOC said” “It is no secret that the Trump administration carried out extremely xenophobic and racist immigration policies.
“When we look at the turmoil of what is happening now, one of the questions we have to ask as well — Afghanistan is a responsibility and that falls upon the shoulders of virtually every president since George W. Bush.
“One of the things we see, what was the Trump administration doing when they were not pre-evacuating out under the SIV program, these Afghan interpreters and nationals and allies?
“It is because of Stephen Miller and his rhetoric and the xenophobia of the Trump administration that there were many thousands of Afghans we could have worked on evacuating much earlier than even this year.”
REP. @AOC: “THERE ARE VETERANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT SERVED VALIANTLY. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROMISES THAT THEY OFFERED AT THE VERY LEAST CAN BE KEPT… LET’S AT LEAST HELP THEM KEEP THEIR PERSONAL PROMISES.” #THEREIDOUT #REIDERS PIC.TWITTER.COM/ZKWWQQ5DTD
— THE REIDOUT (@THEREIDOUT) AUGUST 27, 2021
CLIMATE: “NO SUCH THING AS CHEAP ENERGY.” REP. @AOC SPEAKS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC AND HEALTH COSTS OF ‘PEAKER’ POWER PLANTS, ESPECIALLY FOR MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, AT A HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ROUNDTABLE. PIC.TWITTER.COM/ISLQGNUTQJ
— FORBES (@FORBES) AUGUST 26, 2021
— THE HILL (@THEHILL) AUGUST 27, 2021
White House to send more than $300 million in aid to Afghanistan despite Taliban control
The White House announced plans Tuesday to send more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan as millions face starvation under the new Taliban government following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal.
The assistance would be given by the United States Agency for International Development through “independent humanitarian organizations” to the Afghan people, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said.
The administration has been criticized for sending aid to Afghanistan previously. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned that it would be “foolish” and asserted that the Taliban “would take the money.”
“This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $782 million since October 2021, and we remain the single largest donor of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan,” Horne said, adding that the U.S. has also given 4.3 million COVID-19 doses to the Afghan people.
Assistance will “help provide lifesaving protection and shelter, essential health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services in response to the growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by COVID-19 and healthcare shortages, drought, malnutrition, and the winter season,” Horne said.
China sent assistance to Afghanistan last month to help the nation prepare for winter and build ties between the Chinese Communist Party and the new jihadist government.
“The United States is committed to supporting the Afghan people and we continue to consider all options available to us,” Horne concluded. “We stand with the people of Afghanistan.”
ARTICLE: Fort Hood soldier found dead behind barracks
The soldier was identified as Spc. Maxwell Hockin, who was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He entered the Army in March 2017 as a combat engineer, Fort Hood officials said Wednesday.
Hockin’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, officials said.
Hockin had been at the Texas base since July 2017, where he was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion.
“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion, said in a statement Wednesday. “He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his peers, and was always willing to help out the team. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time.”
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