President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the nation from the White House at 3:45 p.m. ET on Monday following a dire situation unfolding in Afghanistan. Americans have been forced to abandon the embassy in Kabul on Sunday when the Taliban managed to take over the country.
The sudden change in schedule came following intense pressure put on Biden who has been at Camp David over the weekend. He will speak about the situation many compare to the US falling back from Saigon. The Taliban managed to take over Afghanistan in just a few days, killing and defeating US allies on their way to do so. The US is now facing difficulty in keeping the Kabul airport open for people still hoping to escape.
Civilians have flocked to the airport, trying to get into exiting airplanes in the hopes of escaping the country. Some Afghans were even reportedly falling from the sky when they try to cling to departing US airplanes in desperation.
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Some of Biden’s advisers have teased on what people should expect at the address later today.
“I expect you’ll hear from the president in the coming days. I don’t want to get ahead of any announcement that he may have,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer in an appearance on MSNBC.
Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told ABC that the president will speak to the American people “soon” and that he feels “deeply enraged” about the situation.
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On the contrary, a lot of people have criticized Biden for the way he is handling the Afghanistan exit.
Fox News Contributor Mar Teissen reacted on Monday about the president’s silence in the past few days, describing it as “shameful.” He also described the US withdrawal as “the most shocking thing I’ve witnessed in my career in Washington… he really shouldn’t show his face.”
Former President Donald Trump, along with some Republicans in Congress, are urging Biden to resign over the weekend for the way he has handled the US exit from Afghanistan.
Chaos at the Kabul International Airport
All American evacuation flights have already been suspended at the Kabul Airport, per a Fox News report on Monday. According to a US official, the runway has been deemed not secure following hundreds of Afghans breaching the airport walls and flooding the runway.
How bad are the Taliban?
Afghans would rather cling to the underside of a C-17 Cargo jet & fall to their deaths than live under Taliban rule
An entire country is now terrorized because of Biden's failure & cruelty
People are dying because of Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/rSkgzw8api
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 16, 2021
Until they clear the runway of desperate Afghans trying to escape, every US military and charter flight has been suspended.
Earlier this year, Biden announced that every American military person would exit Afghanistan by Sept. 11. He also kept on dismissing the idea that Afghanistan would fall to the Taliban without US support.
Last month, Biden said: “The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy … of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.”
However, the said situation is currently happening in Afghanistan, with the US evacuating the embassy and instead, setting up shop at the last place the Taliban has control over in the country – Kabul’s International Airport.
However, the situation at the said place has started deteriorating, too. American forces killed two gunmen in two different incidents in the city.
On Monday alone, 7 people have been killed at the airport.
An Associated Press report stated that, per senior US military officials who spoke to the news outlet on the condition of anonymity, the death rate includes several Afghans caught on video falling from the sky after trying to cling onto the sides of US C-17 planes during takeoff.