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Psaki claims no Individuals ‘stranded’ in Afghanistan in heated alternate

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki grew visibly irritated in the course of the press briefing Monday when she was requested whether or not President Biden was conscious that a lot of the criticism in opposition to the Afghanistan withdrawal was about Individuals being “stranded” in Kabul.

“Does the president have a way that a lot of the criticism just isn’t of leaving Afghanistan? It is the best way that he has ordered it to occur by pulling the troops earlier than getting these Individuals who at the moment are stranded. Does he have a way of that?” Fox Information’ White Home correspondent Peter Doocy requested.


Psaki mentioned it was “irresponsible” to say that Individuals are stranded in Afghanistan. “I feel it is irresponsible to say Individuals are stranded. They aren’t. We’re dedicated to bringing Individuals who need to come house, house.” 

Doocy adopted up and requested whether or not “there aren’t any Individuals stranded” is the official White Home place.

“I am simply calling you out for saying we’re stranding Individuals in Afghanistan when we have now been very clear that we’re not leaving Individuals who need to return house,” Psaki mentioned. “We’re going to convey them house and I feel that is essential for the American public to listen to and perceive.”

Doocy later requested Psaki whether or not Individuals being overwhelmed up by the Taliban and Afghans passing infants over barbed-wire fences was what Biden meant when he mentioned, “America is again.”


“What the president meant is that we’re going to proceed to guide on the earth together with being the leaders in evacuating not simply our Afghan companions, not simply Americans, but additionally our allies,” Psaki replied. 

Fox Information had reached out to Psaki on Saturday about an American lady who described being trapped from reaching the Kabul airport. The White Home by no means issued a response.  

“I actually have given up hope, given up on the hope of going to the airport,” the girl, whose identification is being withheld as a result of issues for her security, advised Fox Information. “It’s simply not attainable to make it by means of all these individuals.”

She mentioned there are as many as 20 Taliban checkpoints between her and the airport – and he or she’s one in every of an unsure variety of Americans trapped behind enemy strains.

She was whipped by Taliban fighters on one try and get by means of, she mentioned. A person standing close to her was shot within the head on one other strive, leaving his spouse and child in tears. Since then, she’s been in hiding.

Fox Information’ Michael Ruiz and Sara Ballou contributed reporting


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