Psaki: Americans In Afghanistan Not Stranded, Politico Reports: ‘Pentagon Confirms Mission To Rescue Stranded Americans’
During a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed it was wrong and “irresponsible” to suggest that Americans were “stranded” in Afghanistan, despite the fact that hundreds of Americans are reportedly still stuck in the country now controlled by Taliban insurrectionists.
“Does the president have a sense that most of the criticism is not of leaving Afghanistan, it’s the way that he has ordered it to happen by pulling the troops before getting these Americans, who are now stranded?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked. “Does he have a sense of that?”
“First of all, I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not,” Psaki claimed. “We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home. We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via email, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”
“There are no Americans stranded is the White House’s official position on what’s happening in Afghanistan right now?” Doocy asked.
“I’m just calling you out for staying that we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan,” Psaki claimed. “When we have been very clear that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home, we are going to bring them home and I think that’s important for the American public to hear and understand.”
“Pentagon confirms latest mission to rescue Americans stranded in Kabul,” a report from Politico August 23, 2021.
“The Pentagon on Monday revealed it had performed another rescue mission to transport Americans stranded in Kabul to the Afghan capital’s international airport, where the urgent U.S. evacuation effort remains underway,” the outlet reported.
According to the New York Times, US sources estimated last week that up to 15,000 Americans remained in Afghanistan, but that amount is likely to be lower given that roughly 2,500 had been evacuated since August 14.
PSAKI: "I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not."
DOOCY: "'There are no Americans stranded' is the White House's official position on what's happening in Afghanistan right now?" pic.twitter.com/0FEq5VkO6V
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 23, 2021
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