U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the Taliban unveiled a new government that includes Sirajuddin Haqqani, a terrorist with links to al-Qaeda who is currently wanted by the FBI.

“President Biden still clings to an insane fantasy that the Taliban is kinder and gentler. It’s nonsense. Haqqani is the Taliban’s new interior minister for precisely the same reason the FBI’s got a $5 million bounty on his head: he’s a bloodthirsty terrorist. He’s armed, dangerous, and running a country we just abandoned. Americans are still trapped behind Taliban lines, the Biden Administration is still refusing to disclose how many of our people they left behind, and the State Department keeps talking about how they really hope the Taliban ‘will live up to their commitments.’ Pathetic.”