Press conference after press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki promises to “circle back” on things.
She has finally followed through.
On August 24th, she “called out” Fox News reporter Steve Doocy after he asked a question about stranded Americans.
“I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not,” she responded.
She doubled down with a tweet.
Notice how she used the phrase “who want to return home” twice in that exchange? Will that be the official stance of this administration? For all the Americans they leave behind, will they simple say, “Yeah, but they didn’t want to come home?”
Here is the problem with Psaki’s comments, which were on behalf of the President of the United States: Americans are stranded.
And Jen, well, she admitted it just one day later.
This President has refused to stand up to the Taliban leaders in Afghanistan to secure our citizen’s safety. He has not pushed back against the deadline of next Tuesday.
So, when asked of the the White House believes that some Americans will be left behind, her answer was staggering.
“We expect there could be some but I’m not going to get into it further.”
On Wednesday, the State Department’s own Twitter feed supported the idea that Americans are absolutely stranded.
As of this writing, more than 82,000 people have been evacuated form Afghanistan in the past 11 days, with nearly 20,000 occurring in the past 24 hours.
Sadly, Americans only make up about 4% of those numbers.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Several sources are reporting that less than 3,500 of those evacuated since August 14th were Americans.
But Biden wants us to believe that US citizens are his priority.
According to the Washington Examiner:
“If the Biden administration was truly committed to getting every single American out, Biden would have extended the deadline and threatened the Taliban with severe retaliation if they tried to stop us. Instead, he obediently withdrew even more U.S. troops and caved to the Taliban’s demands that the U.S. leave for good by Aug. 31.”
The harsh reality is that Americans may die at the hands of the Taliban. And the decision making process of this administration are ultimately responsible.