White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki scolded a journalist Monday when asked about Americans stranded in Afghanistan—saying it’s irresponsible to say that. However, there are several reports that claim that there remains Americans unable to board planes out of the country.
Peter Doocy, Fox News White House correspondent, challenged Psaki with a question on Americans stranded in Afghanistan and the criticism the administration is under currently. Her rebuttal stated “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home.” Doocy asked her to clarify then “there are no Americans left stranded” as an official White House position.
The impending crisis in Kabul has made the White House go on the defensive regarding President Biden’s preparations regarding withdrawal of US troops by August 31. A US Senior official says there have been an estimated 4,000 Americans evacuated from Afghanistan and thousands are still there.
Reports show there are conflicting numbers on how many Americans are still in Afghanistan. The Pentagon originally estimated 8,000-10,000 Americans still in Afghanistan. The State Department estimated 10,000-15,000 US citizens still there. The Biden administration still claims ignorance as to how many Americans still need to be rescued (New York Post).
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