Tucker Carlson criticized President Biden’s evacuations in Afghanistan as he warned the refugees are not being properly vetted, which could allow in terrorist cells and Afghans who have never worked with the US.
Carlson, and his fellow Fox News host Hannity, both raised concerns after the Biden administration revealed that one refugee was discovered to be on the terror watch list.
‘Who… are all of these Afghans? They just whisk on through. That means as always unnamed foreign nationals got far better treatment than you would get if you landed in Dulles Airport,’ Carlson said.
Tucker Carlson questioned the U.S. evacuation effort in Afghanistan after an anonymous pilot told him that Afghan civilians are being airlifted and taken in without going through customs
Another airline employee told Carlson that her flight ferried in rowdy Afghan nationals who did not wear air masks. Pictured, one of the evacuation flights on August 23
Afghan refugees are pictured on one of the flights out of Kabul after being escorted to the airport by a group of volunteer special ops veterans
On his show on Friday, Carlson claimed an anonymous United Airlines pilot flying out of Afghanistan never received a passenger manifest, nor would the State Department tell him any passengers information with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when arriving in the U.S.
United Airlines did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request to confirm the pilot’s claim.
According to Carlson, another commercial airline employee told him she was happy to learn that her flight crew would be ferrying American civilians trying to escape Kabul.
Instead, the crew only picked up Afghan nationals who were rowdy and had no facemasks, Carlson said.
Carlson also criticized the number of people the U.S. had evacuated from Afghanistan, saying the nations number one priority should be American citizens.
‘Since July, the United States has evacuated more than 100,000 people from Afghanistan. All heroes? All Americans? No.’
As of tonight, about 5,000 total are American citizens. Five per cent. So you’re thinking the other five per cent must be heroes? All translators? 95,000 translators? No.
‘[The] military might be heroes. Maybe translators. [The rest], they’re not heroes. We don’t know who they are.’
Carlson ultimately said the U.S. did not have a moral obligation to help Afghan refugees, saying the cost to take care of them would outweigh the benefits they would provide the country.
He claimed that while the refugees would get free housing and healthcare, they would not contribute back to society by starting businesses.
There’s ‘no proof they’re loyal’ and ‘no proof they’re entrepreneurial,’ Carlson said.
He also went on to criticize politicians who have pushed for the U.S. to take in those fleeing the Taliban’s control in Afghanistan.
He named U.S. Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Barbra Lee as those pushing for more refugees to be accepted.
Fellow Fox talk show host Sean Hannity echoed Carlson’s statements, criticizing President Joe Biden and his administration’s work in evacuating Afghan refugees.
‘How does Biden plan to vet what is now tens of thousands of Afghan refugees? As we speak, there’s too many refugees flying in to Washington D.C. Apparently they’re doing the vetting after people are in the air flying to this country, Hannity claimed.
Sean Hannity spoke with Afghanistan’s Vice President President Amrullah Saleh, who is leading the opposition against the Taliban and has asked the U.S. not to abandon Afghans
Saleh has called on the U.S. to help fight back against the Taliban take over of the country
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, left, and U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz are urging the Biden administration to back the Afghan government against the Taliban foces
It’s causing a massive bottle neck at Dulles International airport. We need to know how these individuals are being vetted. Reports that already over 100 people that have come to America from Afghanistan are also on our terrorist watch lists.’
Hannity also interviewed Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh, the leader of the opposition party.
Saleh begged the US to ‘not abandon Afghanistan’ and called on America to ‘use their power of convening and power of bringing nations together to create alliance for peace after they created an alliance for war against terrorism.’
Hannity then asked what kind of military assistance the US could send to help to which Saleh reiterated that he wanted US support.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, and Mike Waltz, of Florida, were also interviewed by Hannity and said they have been in contact with the Afghan government and are open to help Afghan forces fight back against the Taliban
‘After speaking with Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh and representatives of Ahmad Massoud, we are calling on the Biden Administration to recognize these leaders as the legitimate government representatives of Afghanistan,’ Graham and Waltz said in a joint statement. ‘We ask the Biden Administration to recognize that the Afghan Constitution is still intact, and the Afghan Taliban takeover is illegal.’
A group of volunteer Afghanistan veterans smuggled into Kabul this week to save hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families by getting them to the airport to be put on flights out of the city. The men made their own way into Kabul after watching the bungled evacuation from afar. The ad-hoc group have been able to get more than 600 vulnerable Afghans to the airport to be put on flights
Afghan refugees arriving at the Rota Air Base in Spain on Friday. The airbase is shared by American and Spanish military forces
The government rescue mission became even more tragic on Thursday when ISIS bombers targeted the crowds at the airport, slaughtering 170 people with a suicide bomb that also killed 13 US troops.
It has since emerged that Biden’s administration also gave a list of Afghan allies’ names to the Taliban in the naïve hope they would then help get them out. Former President Donald Trump called it a ‘kill list’ that all but guaranteed their deaths.
The US now one of the only nations still evacuating from Kabul amid increasing threats of another ISIS attack.
Some of the Afghans being helped by Pineapple Express were injured in yesterday’s suicide bomb attack but it’s unclear if any were killed. The US has just four days to get as many s 1,000 Americans out plus another 5,000 Afghans who helped in the war.
General Kenneth McKenzie, who is running the US operation on the ground in Kabul, warned on Thursday that another ISIS attack – specifically a car bomb similar to one used on Thursday – was imminent.
The death toll from the attack at the airport is now 170. Thirteen US troops were killed, the first American lives lost since the evacuation carnage began on August 14.
All evacuation flights must stop by Tuesday night and the US must start putting troops and equipment on the planes soon.
It leaves a tiny window of opportunity for thousands of people who want to flee to get out, diminishing the hope of many Afghans who have not been given special interest visas and must now make a run for the border in Pakistan or stay and live under Taliban rule.
One of the veterans who took part in the Pineapple Express mission was a retired Green Beret known as ‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’.
‘I have been involved in some of the most incredible missions and operations that a special forces guy could be a part of, and I have never been a part of anything more incredible than this.
‘The bravery and courage and commitment of my brothers and sisters in the Pineapple community was greater than the U.S. commitment on the battlefield. I just want to get my people out,’ he told ABC News.
President Joe Biden crumbled on Thursday night as he took questions from reporters about the suicide bomb attacks
Retired SEAL Commander Dan O’Shea accompanied a U.S. citizen, who served as an operative, and his Afghan father and his father on foot.
‘He was not willing to let his father and his brother behind; even it meant he would die. He refused to leave his family.
‘Leaving a man behind is not in our SEAL ethos. Many Afghans have a stronger vision of our democratic values than many Americans do.’
Before Thursday’s attack, another 130 were smuggled to the airport to be put on flights.
‘Dozens of high-risk individuals, families with small children, orphans, and pregnant women, were secretly moved through the streets of Kabul throughout the night and up to just seconds before ISIS detonated a bomb into the huddled mass of Afghans seeking safety and freedom,’ Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret commander, told ABC.