National safety adviser Jake Sullivan defended the withdrawal from Afghanistan that has left no less than 100 Americans at the back of, emphasizing the Biden management’s dedication to getting the ones final other folks in a foreign country thru diplomatic manner.
The 100 who’re left, he mentioned, have been contacted “repeatedly” throughout the evacuations to come back 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 grievance from Sen. Tom Cotton and others who say Biden left at the back of Americans and different vetted Afghan allies, Sullivan mentioned Biden made selections in the most efficient passion of the USA 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 flooring, 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 can be concerning the Taliban’s movements. It can be about whether or not they apply 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 another nation, their commitments with recognize to upholding their global responsibilities. It’s going to be as much as them. And we can wait and spot by way of their movements how we finally end up responding with regards to the commercial and building help,” he mentioned.