Biden to Return to Washington, Deliver Remarks on Afghanistan

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President Joe Biden is returning to Washington on Monday and plans to deliver an address regarding the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, according to the White House.

Biden’s schedule initially said he would receive a briefing at Camp David in Maryland, where he’s been holed up for several days.

But the White House sent an update at approximately 10:59 a.m., saying Biden planned to travel to Washington in the afternoon before delivering remarks on Afghanistan at the White House.

According to the updated schedule, Biden will arrive at the White House at 1 p.m. He will talk about Afghanistan at 3:45 p.m.

Biden hasn’t spoken publicly about Afghanistan since Saturday, when he said in a written statement that he had “been in close contact with my national security team to give them direction on how to protect our interests and values as we end our military mission in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul over the weekend and are poised to declare the country an Islamic republic, a well-placed source told The Epoch Times.

Taliban officials told media outlets in Afghanistan that the conflict between the terrorist group and government forces is over.

According to some estimates, the Taliban control upwards of 90 percent of the country after decisively gaining ground in recent days as the United States pulled troops out.

U.S. Embassy staffers and officials were forced to quickly dispose of sensitive documents and rush to the airport.

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A U.S. military helicopter flies above the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 15, 2021. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden has said he doesn’t regret authorizing the withdrawal. He blamed former President Donald Trump on Saturday for the turmoil.

“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew U.S. forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500. Therefore, when I became president, I faced a choice—follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our forces and our allies’ forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict. I was the fourth president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan—two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth,” he said.

Trump hit back in a series of statements, calling the way the United States pulled out incompetent and urging Biden to resign.

“The outcome in Afghanistan, including the withdrawal, would have been totally different if the Trump administration had been in charge. Who or what will Joe Biden surrender to next? Someone should ask him, if they can find him,” he said.

Other Republicans also said Biden should address the nation after the major developments in Afghanistan.

“Biden hasn’t said a single word about Afghanistan on camera in close to a week And apparently he has no plans to speak about it today either,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said before Biden’s schedule was updated.

“This morning, the President of the United States is still nowhere to be found & his spokesperson is on vacation. Meanwhile, the Taliban freed thousands of terrorists from jail & there’s nothing Biden is doing to stop them from entering our country through the Southern border,” added Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.).

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

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