"We need to clear the Taliban from that airport using overwhelming strength, we need to expand the perimeter around our people, and we need to hold that line until every last one of our people and heroic allies who sacrificed for us are out of harm’s way."

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement responding to President Biden’s national address. 

"President Biden failed to rise to the occasion. There's an ongoing crisis at the Kabul airport and Americans didn't need to hear his 2020 campaign speech -- we needed to hear strength and clarity from the commander-in-chief. We need to clear the Taliban from that airport using overwhelming strength, we need to expand the perimeter around our people, and we need to hold that line until every last one of our people and heroic allies who sacrificed for us are out of harm’s way. Cut the crap about 1,800 relocations when there are tens of thousands who are stranded. Cut the bureaucratic speech about bureaucratic processes, and let our troops do what they need to do so we can start running planes around the clock.”