Biden was at FEMA to address the response to Hurricane Ida, which strengthened to a Category 4 before making landfall in Louisiana earlier Sunday.
“I’m not supposed to take any questions but go ahead,” Biden told Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs.
Jacobs began, “씨. 대통령, on Afghanistan—”
“I’m not gonna answer on Afghanistan now,” Biden interjected before walking away from the podium.
The Republican National Committee slammed the exchange, which came three days after ISIS-K terrorists attacked the airport in Kabul, 죽이는 13 우리. service members and more than 170 Afghans.
Biden has faced widespread criticism over his execution of the U.S. military withdrawal in Afghanistan and his actions during and after the collapse of Kabul, which completed the Taliban’s retaking of the 국가 20 years after their ouster by U.S.-led 힘. The president has repeatedly defended his plan while hundreds of U.S. citizens and tens of thousands of Afghan allies and Afghans vulnerable to Taliban reprisal remain stranded in the country.
지난달, Biden assured Americans that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was not likely and that he trusted “the capacity of the Afghan military.” 대통령 largely avoided cameras during the Aug. 15 collapse of Kabul, watching it unfold from the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.
Three days after the Kabul collapse, Biden was fiercely criticized after he gave public remarks about 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 and failed to address the crisis in Afghanistan or take any questions. 화요일에, his remarks from the 백악관 were delayed more than four hours after being rescheduled twice, 그리고 미국. evacuation effort in Afghanistan was the last topic he addressed after touting his Build Back Better agenda.