Hagerty Statement on U.S. Military Members Killed in Afghanistan

August 26, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, today released the following statement after at least three terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of at least 12 U.S. service members:

“Under President Joe Biden, the United States has now experienced its deadliest day in Afghanistan since 2011. My heart grieves for the families and loved ones of these brave heroes who have now made the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, it did not have to be this way, but it is exactly what I have feared as we have watched the chaotic and dire scenes around the airport in Kabul. This moment requires decisive American leadership and strength, but sadly President Biden is hiding from his duty and shirking responsibility. I know all Tennesseans join Chrissy and me in praying for our troops as well as American citizens and our allies who remain in harm’s way.”