President Joe Biden admitted in his first address to the American people after withdrawing completely from Afghanistan that he was stranding 10% of Americans, whom the US intended to evacuate.
The president during the speech said, “the bottom line is 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave. And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out.”
By saying this, Biden is openly admitting that there are still 10% of Americans who the US wanted to evacuate from the country left by Biden.
Biden, in his remarks, was not able to give the exact numbers of Americans left. He said that it’s the best effort to take as many out as they can, but there are still Americans left.
“Now, we believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan, with some intention to leave. Most of those who remain are dual citizens, longtime residents who had earlier decided to stay because of their family roots in Afghanistan,” Biden said.
“Secretary of State Blinken is leading the continued diplomatic efforts to ensure safe passage for any American, Afghan partner, or foreign national who wants to leave Afghanistan,” he said.
Although Biden has faced significant criticism, he said the military “completed one of the biggest airlifts in history” and that “no nation has done anything like it in all of history.”
“We will continue to support the Afghan people through diplomacy and engagement,” he said. “I take responsibility” for the chaotic evacuation and withdrawal.
Biden, who did not take questions, blamed the Afghan military and government for collapsing against the Taliban and putting Americans and Afghans on the ground in danger. In roughly 11 days, the Taliban launched an offensive that captured nearly all of Afghanistan.
Moments later, Biden blamed the Trump administration for the evacuation and government collapse, claiming that it was then-President Donald Trump who hammered out a deal with the Taliban to leave the country by May 1.