President Biden will deliver a White House speech at 3:45 p.m. ET on Monday amid a dire situation in Afghanistan that forced Americans to abandon their embassy in Kabul on Sunday as the Taliban took control of the country.
The schedule change came after intense pressure on the president, who was out of Washington, DC, to Camp David over the weekend to talk about the debacle compared to the Americans’ withdrawal from Saigon. The Taliban took control of the entire country in just days, killing American allies along the way. The United States is now struggling to keep Kabul airport open to those still hoping to flee.
The scenes at the airport are particularly striking, with a flood of civilians trying to make their way towards the exiting planes and some Afghans reportedly fell from the sky as they clung to the departing US planes in an effort desperate to escape Taliban rule.
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The president’s advisers had teased an appearance earlier today.
“I expect you to hear from the president in the next few days. I don’t want to anticipate any announcements he might have,” Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer told MSNBC on Monday.
Biden will speak to the American people “soon,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC, adding that Biden was “deeply committed.” On the question.
“It’s a shame that Joe Biden hasn’t spoken to the American people for six days when everything is playing out, but what could he say?” Fox News contributor Marc Theissen said Monday. He said the failure to pull out was “the most shocking thing I have witnessed in my career in Washington… he really shouldn’t show his face.”
Former President Donald Trump – who also advocated withdrawal from Afghanistan – and some Republicans in Congress called on Biden to step down this weekend over his handling of the US exit from Afghanistan.
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All U.S. evacuation flights have been suspended at Kabul International Airport, Fox News confirmed on Monday. A US official said the runway was “unsafe” after hundreds of Afghans “smashed” into the airport walls and flooded the runway.
Until the runway is cleared of Afghans desperate to escape after the Taliban quickly took control of the country, all US military and charter flights are suspended, the official said.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Kristina Biddle contributed to this report.
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