Governor Hogan appeared on “CBS This Morning” to discuss his urging of the Biden administration to take action to help contain the Delta variant surge across the country and Maryland’s leadership in accepting more Afghan allies than nearly any other state in America.
Governor Hogan on Maryland’s Vaccination Record: “The great news for our state is that we’re one of the most vaccinated states in the country. We’ve already vaccinated more than 80% of the adult population. Nearly 95% of our vulnerable population, 65 and over.”
Governor Hogan on COVID Mandates: “We’ve tried to find the right balance. We’ve been encouraging mask usage. We left it up to the duly elected school boards in our state…To mandate that they have to or mandate that they cannot just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s a basic conservative Republican principle to let local decision-makers make decisions.”
Governor Hogan on Afghan Allies: “We made a commitment. We can’t let them down. What kind of message does it send to our other allies across the world if our word is no good?”
Governor Hogan on What He Would Have Done Differently in Afghanistan: “Just about everything...First of all, we shouldn’t have given up Bagram Air Force base. We shouldn’t have telegraphed what we were doing to the Taliban. We shouldn’t have made an agreement with them that allowed for a lot of this to happen. We should’ve made sure to get all of our people out of there before we pulled all of our troops. It’s really pretty basic.”