White House: President ‘Laser Focused’ on Evacuating Americans From Afghanistan

President Joe Biden is “laser focused” on getting Americans who want to leave Afghanistan out of the country, a White House official said Friday. “He has directed the Department of Defense and the team working on this to use every possibility available to them to increase the number of people that we’re getting out,” Kate Bedingfield, the White House’s communications director, said on CNN’s “New Day.” The United States evacuated some 3,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 19, a White House official said late Thursday. That included nearly 350 U.S. citizens, with the rest primarily being Afghan nationals who got special visas. But thousands of other Americans remain in the country. Some have reported being unable to get to the airport, the only U.S.-held facility left in Afghanistan’s capital. “American citizens can’t get to the gates, many times,” Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) said on Fox News. …Read More

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