Biden says U.S. has ‘lengthy technique to go and quite a bit may nonetheless go mistaken’ in Afghanistan evacuation
President Joe Biden on Sunday stated his administration is contemplating extending an Aug. 31 deadline to exit Afghanistan.
In a press convention, Biden stated the U.S. has a “lengthy technique to go and quite a bit may nonetheless go mistaken” amid the chaotic evacuation of Individuals and Afghan allies from Kabul after the Taliban took over Afghanistan one week in the past.
“The evacuation of hundreds of individuals from Kabul goes to be exhausting and painful irrespective of when it began, after we started,” the president stated throughout a press convention on the White Home. He stated that “our hope is that we’ll not have to increase” the deadline.
“It might have been true if we had began a month in the past, or a month from now. There isn’t a technique to evacuate this many individuals with out ache,” Biden stated.
US President Joe Biden responds to questions in regards to the ongoing US navy evacuations of US residents and susceptible Afghans, within the East Room of the White Home in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2021.
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The Biden administration is going through criticism of its dealing with of the general U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The withdrawal, introduced earlier this yr, has been beset by chaos.
Hundreds of individuals have crowded the Kabul airport and a few even plunged to their deaths after clinging to the outside of a U.S. navy plane whereas trying to depart the nation. Seven Afghan civilians had been killed in crowds trying the enter Kabul’s airport, in accordance with the British navy.
The president stated U.S. forces proceed to make progress on evacuations from Kabul. As much as 33,000 individuals have been evacuated since July, together with 28,000 since August 14 and 11,000 over the weekend, Biden stated.
The president reiterated that Individuals are the primary precedence for evacuation out of Afghanistan, vowing that “any American who needs to get residence will get residence.”
Biden additionally defended his resolution to withdraw the U.S. from the nation, arguing that it was the “logical, rational and proper resolution to make.”
U.S. protection officers stated Sunday that the navy is looking for other ways to get individuals to the airport safely amid particular threats from ISIS in opposition to the airport. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan on Saturday warned Americans to not journey to the airport attributable to safety threats exterior the gates.
The Pentagon on Sunday ordered U.S. business airways to offer planes to move individuals who have already flown overseas to navy bases in Europe and the Center East.
The president emphasised that planes taking off from Kabul aren’t flying on to the U.S. however fairly touchdown at navy bases and processing facilities around the globe. Safety screenings are in place at these websites for anybody who shouldn’t be a U.S. citizen, he added.
Biden’s job approval scores have dropped amid the continuing disaster in Afghanistan. An NBC Information ballot launched Sunday exhibits a overwhelming majority of adults surveyed say they disapprove of the president’s dealing with of the scenario in Afghanistan, with solely 25% noting they approve of how he is handled it.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, throughout an interview on Fox Information, stated Sunday that 8,000 individuals have been evacuated from Kabul on 60 flights within the final 24 hours.
The U.S. has additionally reached an settlement with about two dozen international locations over 4 continents who’re serving to or will quickly assist with shifting individuals out of Kabul, Blinken stated.
— CNBC’s Leslie Josephs and Brian Schwartz contributed reporting