President Biden rejected a question on Afghanistan after offering to answer questions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington on Sunday.
Biden was at FEMA responding to Hurricane Ida, which fell to Category 4 before making landfall in Louisiana earlier Sunday.
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“I’m not supposed to answer any questions, but go ahead,” Biden told the Bloomberg News reporter. Jennifer jacobs.
Jacobs began: “Mr. President, about Afghanistan …”
“I’m not going to answer on Afghanistan now,” Biden interrupted before stepping away from the podium.
The Republican National Committee criticized the exchange, which took place three days after ISIS-K terrorists attacked Kabul airport, killing 13 US servicemen and more than 170 Afghans.
Biden has been the subject of much criticism for his execution of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and his actions during and after the collapse of Kabul, which completed the takeover of the country by the Taliban 20 years after their ouster by forces led by United States. The president has repeatedly defended his plan as hundreds of US citizens and tens of thousands of Afghan allies and Afghans vulnerable to Taliban retaliation remain stranded in the country.
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Last month, Biden assured the Americans that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was not likely and that he trusted “the capacity of the Afghan army.” The president largely avoided the cameras during the collapse of Kabul on August 15, watching it unfold from the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.
Three days after the collapse of Kabul, Biden came under heavy criticism after making public remarks on COVID-19 and did not address the crisis in Afghanistan or answer questions. On Tuesday, his White House remarks were delayed by more than four hours after being rescheduled twice, and the US evacuation effort in Afghanistan was the last topic he brought up after touting his Build Back Better program. .
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