Chaos continued to unfold in Afghanistan Friday as a reporter from financial outlet CNBC claimed the Taliban is “breaking its promise” and blocking some from entering Kabul’s main airport.
“It’s a much different scene outside the airport… A top State Department official says the Taliban is breaking its promise and blocking Afghans from reaching the airport,” states a reporter from CNBC.
“As many as 15,000 Americans are still in the Capital, and the US Embassy is warning it cannot ensure their safe passage to the airport,” she adds.
President Biden continued to deflect criticism of his disastrous Afghanistan exit plan this week; telling ABC News the Taliban is currently “going through sort of an existential crisis.”
“No. I think – let me put it this way,” Biden said. “I think they’re going through sort of an existential crisis about do they want to be recognized by the international community as being a legitimate government. I’m not sure they do.”
“They also care about whether they have food to eat, whether they have an income that they can provide for their – that they can make any money and run an economy,” Biden said. “They care about whether or not they can hold together the society that they in fact say they care so much about,” he added.
EXCLUSIVE: Asked about July comment that a Taliban takeover was “highly unlikely,” Pres. @JoeBiden tells @GStephanopoulos, “there was no consensus” in the intelligence. “They said it was more likely to be by the end of the year.” https://t.co/NmBEmVRw8M pic.twitter.com/LSXSC51ox8
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 19, 2021
“As many as 15,000 American citizens may remain inside Afghanistan, struggling to get out, days after the Asian nation fell to control of Taliban terrorists, President Biden said Wednesday,” reports Fox News.
“Also looking to flee are tens of thousands of Afghan citizens who fought alongside or aided U.S. troops over the past two decades – and now fear retribution from the terrorist organization now wielding power in the country, The Associated Press reported,” adds Fox.
DeSANTIS on HANNITY: ‘We’re in for a Rocky 3.5 Years’ Under Biden
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke with Sean Hannity Wednesday night on the unfolding chaos in Afghanistan, saying the country is “in for a rocky” few years under President Joe Biden.
“What’s your assessment? Why didn’t they act? How did he stay on vacation as Kabul was falling?” asked Biden.
“He’s asleep at the switch,” said DeSantis. “I think Trump was right to say that we needed to come home from Afghanistan, but how you do that matters. When you’re leaving billions in military equipment, that matters. China and Russia are all looking at this.
“This is not somebody who is capable of leading with conviction. I think we’re in for a rocky 3.5 years as long as he’s the President,” he added.
Biden continued to deflect growing criticism of his disastrous plan to withdraw from Afghanistan this week, telling ABC News there was no way to exit the country without “chaos ensuing.”
“I don’t think it could’ve been handled in a way that- we’re going to go back in hindsight and look but the idea that somehow there was a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden said.
“So for you, that was always priced in the decision?” George Stephanopoulos followed.
“Yes,” Biden answered.
EXCLUSIVE: Pressed on whether the U.S.'s exit from Afghanistan could have been handled better, Pres. Biden tells @GStephanopoulos, "The idea that somehow, there's a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing—I don't know how that happens." https://t.co/mH1AyWI5lb pic.twitter.com/osAwdDQy2L
— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2021
Watch DeSantis on ‘Hannity’ above.
DISASTER: Biden Admin Tells Americans to Go to Kabul Airport But ‘Cannot Guarantee' Safety
The State Department is instructing some Americans in Afghanistan to relocate to Kabul’s major airport but warned the US Government cannot “guarantee” their safety.
“The below note went out this afternoon to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, @alanacbs reports. It instructs people to come to Hamid Karzai Intl Airport in Kabul, but says the US govt cannot guarantee their safety as they make the trip,” posted a producer from CBS News.
“Thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed that an undefined number of U.S. government-provided flights will begin soon. Please make your way to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time,” read the statement.
“PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP,” the message added.
Biden Admin Tells Americans In Afghanistan To Go To Airport, But ‘Cannot Guarantee’ Safety https://t.co/nLPByw3baZ
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 18, 2021
The below note went out this afternoon to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, @alanacbs reports. It instructs people to come to Hamid Karzai Intl Airport in Kabul, but says the US govt cannot guarantee their safety as they make the trip. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/rgEyjGup4K
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) August 17, 2021
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan Tuesday; saying “this is what happens” when asked about US military equipment falling into the hands of the Taliban.
“This is what happens when you withdraw,” Pelosi said in an interview with KPIX 5 News Tuesday. “Some stuff is left there. It was thought that would be used. It was hoped that would be used by the Afghan military to defend its own country.”
“The fact that it did not and could not,” Pelosi added, “was all more the reason for us to leave.”
PELOSI on gear lost to Taliban in AFG: “This is what happens when you withdraw” pic.twitter.com/aXpSr6EHrS
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) August 18, 2021
Watch Pelosi’s comments above.