The former Acting National Director of National Counterterrorism Russ Travers who was first by then-President Donald Trump has returned to the spotlight as the person responsible for the evacuation process from Afghanistan under President Joe Biden.
“I am immensely proud to announce our first group of Afghan special immigrants to be relocated under Operation Allies Refuge is now on their way to America,” Travers said in a July Politico interview.
“This flight represents a fulfillment of the U.S. commitment and honors these Afghans’ brave service in helping support our mission in Afghanistan, in turn helping to keep our country safe,” he added.
The evacuation plan has now fallen apart, as the Taliban has taken power across Afghanistan. Thousands of Americans and Afghan allies remain in dangerous situations as they seek to flee the country’s new leadership.
Breitbart News reported that the Pentagon announced on Saturday 17,000 people had been evacuated from Afghanistan. Among the evacuees were approximately 2,500 Americans.
Government officials remain uncertain how many more Americans remain in the nation. Efforts are now underway to evacuate all Americans in Afghanistan by Aug. 31.
In addition, the thousands of Afghan refugees are being moved to a variety of locations, including U.S. military bases. As many as 30,000 may be coming to America, with bases in Texas, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia noted as housing locations.
The botched withdrawal likely includes multiple guilty people, and Travers is among them. The news of his involvement will certainly lead to new questions regarding why he was returned to such a prominent position.