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Former Aide to Mike Pence Says Donald Trump’s Racism Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Olivia Troye, who served as a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence during his first and only term, opened up about her experience working within ex-President Donald Trump’s administration on the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. On Friday, Troye authored a savage Twitter thread in which she explained that the chaos that has engulfed the war-torn country is entirely due to the incompetence of Trump and his enablers.

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Troye said that Trump and Stephen Miller – the white nationalist architect of the immigrant family separation policy – were more concerned with stopping Afghani refugees from entering the United States than they were about developing a plan to get troops and personnel safely out of Afghanistan.

“There were cabinet mtgs about this during the Trump Admin where Stephen Miller would peddle his racist hysteria about Iraq & Afghanistan. He & his enablers across gov’t would undermine anyone who worked on solving the SIV issue by devastating the system at DHS & State. I tracked this issue personally in my role during my WH tenure. Pence was fully aware of the problem. We got nowhere on it because Trump/S. Miller had watchdogs in place at DOJ, DHS, State & security agencies that made an already cumbersome SIV process even more challenging,” Troye tweeted.

“I met w/ numerous external organizations during my White House tenure who advocated for refugees & pleaded for help in getting US allies through the process. I got the phone calls & letters as the homeland security & CT advisor to Pence. The system wouldn’t budge, regardless of how much this was argued about in National Security Council mtgs. The Pentagon weighed in saying we needed to get these allies through the process-Mattis/others sent memos. We all knew the urgency but the resources had been depleted,” she continued.

“The fear of people across the Trump Admin to counter these enablers was palpable. There were numerous behind-closed-door meetings held-strategizing how to navigate this issue. The Trump Admin had FOUR years – Trump had FOUR years – while putting this plan in place to evacuate these Afghan allies who were the lifelines for many of us who spent time in Afghanistan. They’d been waiting a long time. The process slowed to a trickle for reviews/other ‘priorities’-then came to a halt,” Troye added.

She closed with a message for right-wing rabble-rousers.

“To people like Ben Domenech, JD Vance & others who are making blanket statements & pushing narratives of convenience on Afghanistan – especially on the SIV/allies issue-please, just stop. Your comments are uninformed & also hurtful. We see right through you,” wrote Troye. “Grateful for everyone advocating the urgency of getting our allies evacuated out of Afghanistan ASAP & those who are doing everything they can to help. It’s the least we can do for these individuals & it’s a matter of national security. The world is watching.”



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