Psaki dismisses criticism of the Kabul evacuation: WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Jen Saki on Friday rejected criticism of President Biden’s chaotic Afghanistan move, saying it was “easy to stonewall”, including Democrats in Congress.
“He does not want them to live on earth anymore,” she told a news conference.
Sasaki said Biden would not ask any general to resign in a bid to push back fellow Democrats who had erred in their plan to deploy U.S. troops by August 31.
“I have no direct response from any member of Congress, but what I am saying is that it is easy to stonewall or be a critic from the outside. It is very difficult to stay in the arena and make difficult decisions,” Saki said.
Psaki specifically asked spokeswoman Susan Wilde (D-Pa.) That the moves were “severely mismanaged” and spokeswoman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) “Although you fully agree with the Biden Administration’s withdrawal decision, the manner in which they handled it was a total disaster.”
The final U.S. departure on Tuesday is expected to leave thousands of Afghans who worked for the U.S. government, along with an unknown number of stranded U.S. citizens.
The New York Times reporter Michael Shearer and Saki engaged in an extended conversation with a journalist objecting to the idea that there were “only two options” between staying in Afghanistan and being evacuated from Kabul airport in a hurry.
“What evidence do you have that there are no other options?” He said.
“What other option does anyone offer?” Saki asked the reporter back.
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Shearer suggested that the move may begin in May to prevent the Taliban from encroaching on Kabul, as they did last week.
“How do you know?” Saki said.
“Well, the Taliban were not near Kabul at the time,” Sheer pointed out.
“Look, Mike, I think it’s easy to play the backseat driver,” she said.
NPR reporter Ayesha Rasco asked if “the US can guarantee that [you] can get out” of “people still on earth”, including Afghans who have worked for the US since August 31.
“I do not think we can guarantee, but we can do what we can — and the president has been instructed to continue diplomatic efforts with international partners to keep the foreign secretary safe — that is, third-country citizens, Afghans with visas who may be eligible for programs, in fact, any American citizen who remains in the country even after the end of military existence He may leave the country, “said Saki.
In a contradictory statement, Biden said Thursday evening that any American who wants to leave the country after August 31 will be able to do so without specifying how to do so.
“Once our troops are withdrawn we will continue to find ways to find Americans who want to get out of Afghanistan. We will find them and we will pull them out,” Biden said.
Stressing the obvious contradiction that there was no guarantee of departure after August 31, Sasaki said, “I think there is actually a question about the people who are there – because they are not ready to go or other Afghans or others who want to leave.”