President Biden said the U.S. has helped evacuate 13,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14 and is pledging to Americans still trapped in Afghanistan: “We will get you home.”
“This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history and the only country in the world capable of projecting this much power on the far side of the world with this degree of precision is the United States of America,” Mr. Biden said Friday in the East Room of the White House.
Biden also said Friday the United States is committed to evacuating all Afghans who assisted the war effort – a potentially vast expansion of the administration’s commitments on the airlift so far, given the tens of thousands of Afghan translators and others, and their close family members, seeking evacuation.
“I cannot promise what the final outcome will be or that it will be without risk of loss, but as commander in chief, I can assure you that I will mobilize every resource necessary,” he said.
The exact number of Americans and Afghans who qualify for evacuation is not clear, but it is believed to number in the tens of thousands.
“We’re working to verify that number of Americans that are still in the country, because we don’t know the exact number of Americans that are there,” Biden said at the White House in Washington.
“We want to get a strong number as to exactly how many American citizens are there and where they are,” he added.
Biden took a few questions from pre-selected reporters and the tension was very evident as they did not offer the normal softball question, focusing explicitly on the fact that Americans and SIVs were unable to get to the airport to which the president claimed no knowledge, only to backtrack when called on that lie.
“We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get through Kabul to the airport,” Biden said.
“To the best of our knowledge, Taliban checkpoints, they are letting through people showing American passports.”
BIDEN: "We have no indication that [Americans] haven’t been able to get in Kabul through the airport. We made an agreement with the Taliban…”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 20, 2021
CNN's @clarissaward: “We had difficulty getting into the airport. Working out how to get to the airport is like a Rubik’s cube."
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 20, 2021
And even ABC is not supporting Biden’s narrative…
.@DavidMuir: "The president said he has no intelligence that the Americans have not been able to get [to the Kabul airport]. The question, obviously—does that square with reporting on ground?"@IanPannell: "I mean—just totally not."
— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2021
ABC News correspondent Ian Pannell, currently on the ground in Kabul disagreed vehemently with Biden’s assertions.
“It just seems the reality and the rhetoric are miles apart. I’m not quite sure what advice the President is receiving, but the truth on the ground is that these people who are in fear of their lives can’t get through.”
Even CNN reporter Clarissa Ward who had been reporting on the ground in Afghanistan contradicted Biden.
“We had difficulty getting into the airport,” Ward said. She described her experience at the airport stating,
“They couldn’t get close because it’s thousands of people crushing into each other, Taliban fighters with truncheons and whips pushing people back, shots being fired into the air. Then you go through another layer. You’ve got Afghan Special Forces commandos who are kind of the first line of defense afterwards from the U.S., and then you’ve got the U.S. processing.”
CNN's @clarissaward contradicts Biden's claim that Americans are not having difficulty getting to the airport:
"We had difficulty getting into the airport. Working out how to get to the airport is like a Rubik’s cube." pic.twitter.com/naDGVUaZ9A
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 20, 2021
Oh, another lie – that Al-Qaeda was done in Afghanistan…
It took less than an hour for both Biden's defense secretary and Pentagon press secretary to contradict what he told the public pic.twitter.com/IAsm2S0uoL
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 20, 2021
After taking a couple of questions and clearly getting lost in his own manufactured narrative, he ended the press conference and walked off.
One corporate press stenographer changed up his pre-approved question. Biden literally answered, "I thought the question was," before attempting to answer the new question.
Insane. Clown regime stuff.
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) August 20, 2021
Once the NPR reporter went off script Biden ended the briefing.
— Beverly Hallberg (@BeverlyHallberg) August 20, 2021
As Fox News’ National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reportedly noted after the presser, she couldn’t fact-check him fast enough to keep up with his misrepresentations.
As he left, one reporter exclaimed:
“Why Do You Continue To Trust The Taliban Mr. President?”
A good question that we will likely never know the answer to.
Watch the full address with questions below…
Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permission