On Tuesday, Senate Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer claimed that any American who wanted to leave Afghanistan could do so.
There's a problem with Schumer's statement: it's not true.
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Schumer: "The Americans who all wanted to come out came out, praise God"
Schumer told a WSYR TV reporter at the New York State Fair, "Right now, my focus is still on getting some of these brave Afghans out."
“The Americans who all wanted to come out came out, praise God,” he said.
"But there are many Afghans who have risked their lives for our soldiers and others," he continued. "Many got out, some didn't, and I'm still working on getting some of them out."
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But Schumer's claim is not what the State Department is saying on the matter. The agency estimates that there are indeed Americans who have been left behind in Afghanistan.
A Schumer spokesman claimed that the Democrat was only pronouncing himself wrong.
"He has mispronounced himself and regrets the confusion his comments have caused," said the Washington Post spokesman.
"He wanted to say, like he said, that the US will get out anyone who wants out," they added. "And he will continue to work with the Biden administration to help anyone who wants to get out."
WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain: "We think there are around 100 (Americans still in Afghanistan) … we will find ways to get those who want to leave out of Afghanistan." https://t.co/QwjhCFsCdW pic.twitter.com/8Qe6yxGkJF
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White House Chief of Staff Klain believes the Americans are still in Afghanistan
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday that he It is estimated that there are still around 100 Americans willing to leave Afghanistan.
"We think it's about 100," Klain told CNN. "We are in regular contact with everyone we have identified."
"Of course we hope that the Qataris will be able to resume air traffic from Kabul in the coming days," he added. "And if they do, we will of course see whether Americans can take part in these flights."
"We'll find ways to get them – those who want to go to get them out of Afghanistan," Klain promised.
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