President Joe Biden arrived in Washington on Monday and plans to give a speech about Afghanistan’s rapidly deteriorating situation.At 1:12 p.m., Biden landed at Fort McNair. No questions were asked as the president walked to a waiting vehicle.
According to the White House, Biden will make public remarks about Afghanistan at 3:45 p.m.Biden’s calendar initially just listed one event: a briefing at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, where he’s been staying for several days.
However, at 10:59 a.m., the White House issued an update, stating that Biden planned to go to Washington in the afternoon before giving remarks on Afghanistan at the White House.
According to a White House official, Vice President Kamala Harris, who was already in Washington, plans to attend Biden’s speech.
Since Saturday, when he announced in a written statement that he had “been in close contact with my national security staff to provide them direction on how to safeguard our interests and principles as we terminate our military operation in Afghanistan,” Biden hasn’t spoken publicly about the country.
According to a reliable source, the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul over the weekend and are planning to declare the country an Islamic republic.
Taliban officials told Afghan media that the confrontation between the terrorist group and government forces is still ongoing.
Biden has stated that he had no regrets about approving the pullout. On Saturday, he blamed former President Donald Trump for the upheaval.
“When I took office, I inherited an agreement struck by my predecessor—which he asked the Taliban to review at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 in 2019—that put the Taliban in the strongest military position since 2001 and gave the US Forces until May 1, 2021,” he stated. “He also reduced US forces to a bare minimum of 2,500 troops just before leaving office. As a result, when I became president, I had to decide whether to stick to the commitment, with a brief extension to get our forces and friends out safely, or to increase our presence and send more Americans.
“If the Trump administration had been in charge, the outcome in Afghanistan, including the pullout, would have been completely different. Who or what will be Joe Biden’s next victim? “If they can find him, they should ask him,” he remarked.
Biden should address the nation after the tremendous developments in Afghanistan, according to several Republicans.
Before Biden’s schedule was changed, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) claimed, “Biden hasn’t said a single thing about Afghanistan on TV in nearly a week.” “And he doesn’t seem to have any plans to talk about it today, either.”
“The President of the United States is still missing this morning, and his spokeswoman is on vacation,” said Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Texas).