For the second time in three days, President Biden delivered a keynote address from the East Room of the White House – but did not raise any questions with the press. Disaster in Afghanistan.
Biden on Wednesday announced a series of measures related to Covid 19 – including threats to prosecute education department GOP governors who have blocked school districts. Applying the mask – But no mention of this country as far as. 15,000 Americans and thousands more are considered allies. They are now trapped in Taliban-held territory.
“Obviously, this is a tragedy,” Biden said at one point. “There are people who are dying, and will die, who didn’t have to.”
But he was talking about the high rate of hospital admissions due to the spread of the contagious Delta-type outbreak, and there are no reports from Afghanistan that Taliban fighters are flogging ordinary Afghans on flights out of Hamid Karzai. Try to cross your checkpoints to catch up. International Airport on the outskirts of Kabul
On Monday, in the same room, Biden defended his decision. He blamed his predecessor Donald Trump and Afghan political and military leaders for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos.
“The Afghan army sometimes fell without trying to fight,” Biden said at one point. If anything, last week’s developments confirm that ending the US military intervention in Afghanistan was the right decision.
On Wednesday, Biden made similar sarcastic remarks to governors such as Ron de Santis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, although he did not name them.
“We need to make sure that children are wearing masks in schools,” the president said on one occasion, later adding: “Unfortunately, as we have seen in this epidemic, some politicians are COVID. Trying to change security measures – ie children wearing school masks – for their own political gain in political conflicts; they are setting a dangerous tone.
The president also did not mention the reports the Taliban had. Killed a woman To go out in public without a head covering, a report released by the leaders of the Islamic fundamentalist group just hours after a press conference in which they vowed their very limited interpretation of Sharia law I will respect women’s rights.
Biden, meanwhile, announced that his administration would require nursing home staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because the facilities would continue to receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. He did not argue. Congress demanded an inquiry. How the Taliban ended billions of dollars in aid to Afghan security forces last week in the seizure of US weapons, vehicles and planes.
“This is not the time for us to disappoint our defenders. We just need to finish the job; as the United States, we will do it,” the president said. He was not referring to the ongoing withdrawal from Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “We will continue as long as we can, until the clock runs out or our capacity runs out,” he said early Wednesday.
“God bless you all, and may God protect our troops,” Biden said, with 6,000 of them expecting to secure the airport for the next several days as frustrated Afghans tried to make way.
As he did less than 48 hours earlier, Biden left the East Room without hesitation and left for the assembled media to ask questions. This was the last event on their public schedule.