Thursday, August 26, 2021

Biden Gives NBC Reporter Snarky Response, Mic Audio Drops

President Joe Biden on Wednesday joked with an NBC reporter about the evacuation in Afghanistan as thousands, including many Americans, struggle to get out of the war-torn country as the Taliban takes over. 

Biden, after he made remarks at cybersecurity summit featuring several prominent business executives, was asked by NBC's Peter Alexander what he would do if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the August 31st deadline to withdraw U.S. troops. 

'You'll be the first person I call,' Biden joked in response. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden's remarks, pointing out the president has given numerous updates and gotten many briefings on the situation in Afghanistan. 

'He has also highlighted the fact that we are closely watching closely following the threats from ISIS,' she said at her daily press briefing. 

Up to 1,500 Americans are waiting to be evacuated, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said on Wednesday. 

He also said there is 'no deadline' on efforts to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies. 'That effort will continue every day past August 31,' Blinken noted. 'People who want to leave Afghanistan after the U.S. military departs should be able to do so.'

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