President Biden will once again leave the White House for Wilmington, Delaware on Friday as the military and the State Department work to clean up the mess of the botched US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden spent most of last week in Wilmington and in the presidential retreat from Camp David as the crisis in Afghanistan spiraled out of control. He was at Camp David when the Taliban completed their seizure of power on Sunday – the same day the Americans abandoned the Kabul embassy.
Amid intense pressure to return to the White House on Monday, Biden traveled to town and made brief remarks to return immediately to Camp David. That same day, a video splattered the Internet of Afghans hooked up to an American plane departing from Kabul airport, before falling from the sky and dying.
The President returned to the White House on Tuesday evening. He sat down for an interview with ABC on Wednesday and made remarks on COVID-19 without answering questions from the press. The president made no public appearances on Thursday.
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And on Friday afternoon, after less than 72 hours at the White House this week, Biden will return to his personal residence after making remarks about the Afghan crisis.
The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on when Biden will return to the nation’s capital after his final trip out of town. He also did not say whether Biden would answer questions at his press conference on Friday – the fact that he did not draw the audible taunts from the White House press on Wednesday.
Biden’s latest trip to his personal residence comes after the Pentagon admitted Thursday that it did not know how many Americans remained in Afghanistan. Fox News sources said this week that the Taliban had set up checkpoints outside Kabul airport and were beating people and arbitrarily denying entry.
The State Department included a line in its messages telling Americans to go to Kabul airport for evacuations saying, “THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE A SAFE PASSAGE TO HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. “
The latest State Department guidelines on Friday said Americans should “use good judgment in getting to the airport” and warned “airport gates may open or close without notice.” .
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Meanwhile says there are Americans contacting his office saying the Taliban is preventing Americans from getting to the airport.
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And many U.S. allies in Afghanistan who would like to be evacuated cannot, Fox News sources say. A former interpreter who spoke to Fox News said that even though the Taliban were looking for him in his town, he was not receiving responses from U.S. Embassy officials about his efforts to obtain permission to come to the United States.
“We have not received any response from the US Embassy or anyone [officials] with the United States. I have emailed over ten times to get a response from them but there is no response. Now I’m stuck here, ”said the interpreter, who asked to be called only Manar for fear of retaliation.
“I’m sure if they capture me they will kill me,” Manar added of the Taliban. “For the American people, they should ask Mr. President Joe Biden, to take care of those who are left. The interpreters and also the people who work with the American government like me – I worked half of my time. life with the US government, and now they’re leaving me behind. ”
“I wish I didn’t work for the United States,” Manar said.
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Meanwhile, ordinary Afghans who simply oppose the Taliban regime are also being targeted. A video obtained by Fox News on Thursday showed the Taliban shooting at crowds waving Afghan flags and celebrating the country’s Independence Day.
Biden, in his comments on the Afghan crisis, has been accused of lacking empathy for the Afghan people.
“If the political leaders of Afghanistan had not been able to unite for the good of their people, unable to negotiate for the future of their country when the chips had fallen, they would never have done so until US troops were staying in Afghanistan and taking the brunt of the fighting for them, ”Biden said in his remarks Monday.
The Pentagon says the pace of its Kabul airport evacuations has increased in the past 24 hours, with 5,700 people leaving Afghanistan by air during that time.
Jacqui Heinrich, Rich Edson, Nick Kalman, Lucas Tomlinson and Greg Norman of Fox News contributed to this report.
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