UPDATE: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the incident during the daily briefing.
What's so funny?— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 25, 2021
Peter Doocy presses Jen Psaki as to why Joe Biden laughed about leaving Americans in Afghanistan earlier today. pic.twitter.com/CWi9imJaHA
During a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House Wednesday about cyber security, President Joe Biden was asked about Americans stranded in Afghanistan past the August 31 exit deadline and whether they will be left behind when the U.S. military departs the country.
I asked President Biden what he will do if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the 8/31 deadline.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 25, 2021
His response: “You’ll be the first person I call.”
Took no questions. pic.twitter.com/MlyFIayrMZ
During remarks at the White House Tuesday, Biden turned his back and walked away as reporters asked questions about the fate of Americans stranded in the country.
Joe Biden refused to answer questions again and turned his back when asked if he‘ll guarantee every American will be saved before our last troops leave. Think of how infuriating that must be for worried citizens with family stuck in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/cljE4XYNLv— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Tony Blinken confirmed Wednesday afternoon 4500 Americans have been evacuated from the country and approximately 1000 remain. He did not address how the State Department plans to find the Americans whose passports were confiscated and destroyed at Taliban checkpoints outside of the airport.
But who was enrolled has been known for many months. https://t.co/gqS85s5mTa— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 25, 2021
Afghanistan is no typical foreign country. It’s not France or Germany.— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 25, 2021
The overwhelming majority of Americans who go to Afghanistan enroll with the Embassy.