Biden to discuss Afghanistan evacuations: According to reports, President Biden is scheduled to address the nation on Sunday afternoon on efforts to deport American citizens and other individuals from Afghanistan.
The Hill reported that Biden’s speech was likely to be broadcast on television at 4 p.m.
The announcement of plans for the address came Saturday night, just hours after Biden met with his national security advisers in connection with the Afghanistan crisis, the report said.
The White House posted a photo on Twitter on Saturday afternoon of Biden meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Army General Mark Millie, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others.
It was a private meeting, with Biden’s advisers meeting at the table with him — a change from recent virtual meetings, in which the president was at Camp David, sitting alone at a table talking while talking to remotely participating advisers from other places.
Biden is scheduled to meet with his national security team again on Sunday, before addressing the nation, The Hill reported.
Last week, the U.S. evacuated nearly 17,000 people from Kabul, including 2,500 Americans, according to U.S. Army Major General William Taylor, Reuters reported. The number has risen to 3,800 in the last 24 hours, he said Saturday.
Biden has vowed to evacuate Americans who want to leave Afghanistan by August 31.
On Saturday, after the men left Kabul, reports emerged that the U.S. was considering adding commercial aircraft to its efforts to transport migrants from other areas. U.S. officials have told Fox Business that the commercial plane will not fly to Kabul.