Claim: Democrat Tom Malinowski Ignored Afghanistan Concerns

Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski, US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor talks with foreign and local reporters during a press meeting on the annual Human Rights Dialog with the Government of Vietnam in Hanoi on May 11, 2015. Malinowski led an US mission for talks with Hanoi regime on …
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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) ignored the concerns from foreign service officers that Afghanistan was going to collapse, said Richard Grenell, former ambassador to Germany and former acting director of national intelligence.

Grenell said he spoke to foreign service officers who said they reached out to Malinowski to request his help warning President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the dissent cable from July 13, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Thursday.

A classified State Department cable from July suggested that Blinken was warned that Kabul would collapse into Taliban hands by the troop withdrawal deadline on August 31. The memo was sent from the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, as Breitbart News covered Thursday.

President Joe Biden looks towards the table with the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on it before the signing in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden looks towards the table with the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on it before the signing in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The WSJ reported:

About two dozen State Department officials serving at the embassy in Kabul sent an internal memo to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official last month warning of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the cable.

The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban. The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.

Malinowski apparently ignored these calls for help and the dissent cable altogether, Grenell said.

Breitbart News reached out to Malinowski’s office to determine if the congressman called the president or took any action when the foreign service officers pleading for help. In addition, asking why it seems as if the congressman ignored the calls for help and the dissent cable altogether. Malinowski’s office did not immediately respond to the request.

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