President Biden is under fire for spending the weekend at the Presidential Retreat Camp David as Afghanistan falls to the Taliban.
He, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, avoided all television cameras but did release a statement in which he citing the enormous cost of war and blamed the previous administration for the situation. He also warned the Taliban that any attacks on U.S. personnel would be “met with a swift and strong U.S. military response.”
Meanwhile, the State and Department of Defense issued a joint statement on Sunday saying that they are trying to get out of Afghanistan the thousands of American citizens who have been residing there as well as “as well as locally employed staff of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their families and other particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals.”
At present we are completing a series of steps to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S. and allied personnel from Afghanistan via civilian and military flights. Over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops, with a mission focused solely on facilitating these efforts and will be taking over air traffic control. Tomorrow and over the coming days, we will be transferring out of the country thousands of American citizens who have been resident in Afghanistan, as well as locally employed staff of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their families and other particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals. And we will accelerate the evacuation of thousands of Afghans eligible for U.S. Special Immigrant Visas, nearly 2,000 of whom have already arrived in the United States over the past two weeks. For all categories, Afghans who have cleared security screening will continue to be transferred directly to the United States. And we will find additional locations for those yet to be screened.