National safety adviser Jake Sullivan defended the withdrawal from Afghanistan that has left a minimum of 100 Americans in the back of, emphasizing the Biden management’s dedication to getting the ones final other folks in another country thru diplomatic way.
The 100 who’re left, he stated, had been contacted “repeatedly” all over the evacuations to return to the airport or rally level.
But, he persevered, “The small number that remain, we are committed to getting out and we will work through every available diplomatic means with the enormous leverage that we have and that the international community has to make that happen.”
Pressed on complaint from Sen. Tom Cotton and others who say Biden left in the back of Americans and different vetted Afghan allies, Sullivan stated Biden made selections in the most efficient pastime of the United States and famous he were given “unanimous recommendations” from the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, all of his civilian advisors, all of his commanders at the floor, and all the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “that the best way to protect our forces and the best way to help those Americans was to transition this mission at the end of the day.”
Sullivan also would not rule out giving the Taliban aid in the future. He said that the US will continue to provide humanitarian assistance “at once” to the Afghan people, which, he said, would not flow through the Taliban but through international institutions like the World Health Organization and other nongovernmental organizations.
But, going forward, aid to Afghanistan through the Taliban directly will be conditioned upon the Taliban’s behavior, including whether the remaining Americans are able to safely evacuate.
“That might be concerning the Taliban’s movements. It might be about whether or not they practice thru on their commitments, their commitments to secure passage for Americans and Afghan allies, their dedication not to permit Afghanistan to be a base from which terrorists can assault the United States or some other nation, their commitments with appreciate to upholding their global responsibilities. It’s going to be as much as them. And we will be able to wait and notice by means of their movements how we finally end up responding on the subject of the commercial and construction help,” he stated.