Blinken was vacationing in the Hamptons hours before Kabul fell

According to a detailed timeline of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul compiled by The Washington Post, the actions by U.S. officials in the days leading up to the collapse suggestedno immediate cause for alarm,” with many of themsurrendering to the customary rhythms of Washington in August.

WHITE HOUSE IN CHAOS STRUGGLES TO KEEP BIDEN ON TIME

flits, like other U.S. amptenare, had to be called back from his vacation once things started rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, lui die verslag.

By August, the dominant view was that the Taliban wasn’t likely to pose a serious threat to Kabul until late fall,” The Post reported. “On the Friday afternoon before Kabul fell, the White House was starting to empty out, as many of the senior staff prepared to take their first vacations of Biden’s young presidency. Vroeër die dag, Biden had arrived at Camp David, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken was already in the Hamptons.

Biden has faced widespread criticism over his execution of the military withdrawal and his actions during and after the collapse of Kabul. The president has repeatedly defended his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, while hundreds of U.S. citizens and tens of thousands of Afghan allies and Afghans vulnerable to Taliban reprisal remain stranded in the country. A State Department spokesman said Sunday that 250 American citizens remain in Afghanistan, three days after ISIS-K terrorists attacked the airport in Kabul, doodmaak 13 Amerikaanse. service members and more than 170 Afghanen.

Biden assured Americans just last month that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was not likely and that he trustedthe capacity of the Afghan military.” Die president largely avoided cameras during the debacle, watching the Aug. 15 fall of Kabul 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 COVID-19 and failed to address the situation in Afghanistan or take any questions. Op Dinsdag, his remarks from the wit Huis were delayed more than four hours after being rescheduled twice, en die Amerikaanse. evacuation effort in Afghanistan was the last topic he addressed after touting his Build Back Better agenda.

Intussen, White House press secretary Jen Psaki gehad het an “out of the officeemail message for one week starting the same day Kabul collapsed, but returned to the White House the next day. Fox News reached out to the White House Sunday for a separate story and White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates currently has anout of the officeauto reply message from Aug. 28 tot Sept.. 5.

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