In media news today, critics resurface Biden ABC interview where he pledged to stay in Afghanistan until every American was rescued, Blinken gets knocked for avoiding questions after Afghan withdrawal speech, and Biden repeatedly implies he’s not in charge of when, where he can take press questions
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged Tuesday that Americans were “stranded” in Afghanistan, despite the earlier stance by White House press secretary Jen Psaki that use of the term to describe those unable to escape the Taliban-controlled country was “irresponsible.”
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Kirby admitted to not knowing the exact number of Americans still in Afghanistan, but that efforts to extract them from the war-torn country would be through diplomatic and economic means, not with the military.
“Right now I think the tools we have available to us and that we’re going to use as a U.S. government is going to be more in the diplomatic, economic lanes, and we don’t really see a military role right now,” Kirby told host Willie Geist after he asked if the military would have a role in rescuing those Americans.
AMERICANS LEFT BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN DESPITE PSAKI CLAIM IT WAS ‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ TO SAY SOME ARE ‘STRANDED’
Geist inquired as to how diplomacy was going to get those Americans out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.