Watch: Psaki Scrambles To Defend Biden's Foreign Failures
Biden has failed to keep his promise to see Americans and allies to safety out of the grasp of the Taliban. When confronted by reports that Biden is sitting on his hands. The reporter asked reporter asked:
“From this podium [National Security Adviser] Jake Sullivan that the commitment to allies [in Afghanistan] is sacrosanct. The administration committed to doing everything it could to get our allies out, but tens of thousands … including SIV people who are in the pipeline are still there and struggling. What exactly is the administration doing to get them out? Because on the ground and from Congress my sources say they think you’re doing nothing."
Psaki responded by basically saying that Biden helps by not helping. He provides support for third parties who help:
“I would say that we have successfully helped, I can get you the specific number, but I believe it’s hundreds depart from Afghanistan — partners, allies, people who have stood by our side since we withdrew from Afghanistan,” Psaki responded. “We’ve worked in partnership with allies and partners in the region, including the Qataris where we have our diplomatic presence.”
“We are the largest contributor of humanitarian assistance of any country in the world, which we continue to provide through proven third-party aid organizations,” she added.
More than 80 House members called on President Joe Biden to ramp up evacuations of Afghan allies still stranded in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal last year.
“Our Afghan allies risked everything to aid in our mission in their country, and it is a moral imperative that we keep the promises we made,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter sent to the White House on Wednesday. “We must do more to evacuate those remaining as quickly and safely as possible.”
Thousands of Afghans facing persecution under Taliban rule remain stranded in the country, including around 35,000 who have applied for humanitarian parole — a status granted to foreign nationals without visas for pressing humanitarian reasons.
American allies deserve better than this...