The Biden Administration has finally taken some action to evacuate Americans from the war-torn hellhole that is Khartoum. Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary organizations have been wreaking havoc on this beleaguered capital of Sudan for weeks. You heard that right folks, it has taken the Biden Administration weeks to protect American citizens abroad.
U.S. Begins First Mass Evacuation Of Citizens From Sudanhttps://t.co/siLTwJwiIZ
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Josh Dunlap🇺🇲🇺🇲 ULTRA-MAGA (@JDunlap1974) May 1, 2023
ABC News reports that the State Department has finally allocated a convoy to evacuate Americans and citizens of allied nations from Port Sudan. They did this reluctantly, only after they realized they couldn’t ignore the problem anymore. The State Department also reports that another U.S. convoy has safely evacuated and arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. We all breathe a sigh of relief as 1,000 U.S. citizens have safely evacuated Sudan since the fighting began.
Plumes of smoke billow near Sudanese capital Khartoum pic.twitter.com/L6AKSOPOIC
— The National (@TheNationalNews) April 29, 2023
Chinese People's Navy arrived at Port Sudan to evacuate Chinese citizens frm Sudan.
White House spokesperson said it's imperative 16,000 US citizen trapped in Sudan make their own arrangement to leave. pic.twitter.com/JQDdOBO4b7
— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) April 27, 2023
Breaking: Al Arabiya is broadcasting footage of the evacuation of Indian citizens from Port Sudan. The video displays the INS Sumedha docked at the port while Indian nationals are seen boarding the ship.
Ctsy: Al Arabiya pic.twitter.com/WKK5DRQfwz
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) April 25, 2023
It’s a shame that only a small fraction of the 15,000 American citizens still in Sudan have been evacuated. The government has conveyed that fewer than 5,000 American citizens are seeking help—leaving the other 10,000 in significant danger. The Biden Administration’s failure to act swiftly has put a lot of American citizens’ lives at risk.
The White House’s initial response was to abandon American citizens and advise them to fend for themselves. At that time, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated: “It is not our standard procedure to evacuate American citizens living abroad.” With that kind of attitude, it’s no wonder the U.S. citizens who are still stranded in Sudan are looking to save their own necks.
The State Department’s evacuation options sound like they are from the Stone Age — “partner-country flights and convoys,” as well as U.S.-organized travel and seats on departing ships. When our fellow citizens are in danger, is this really the best our government can do?
Furthermore, the Administration’s claim that it messaged every U.S. citizen in Sudan and provided specific evacuation instructions was proven wrong, as thousands have been left behind. The White House’s lackluster response to the crisis is pathetic and only underscores the administration’s weakness.
The Biden Administration must take urgent action and get all American citizens living in Sudan out of the country immediately. The safety of American citizens abroad is a priority, not an afterthought. It’s time for the Biden administration to step up and take responsibility for the safety of its citizens living abroad!