Blinken은 Kabul이 함락되기 몇 시간 전에 Hamptons에서 휴가를 보내고 있었습니다.

According to a detailed timeline of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul compiled by The Washington Post, 미국의 조치. 붕괴 직전의 공무원들이 제안한 “경보에 대한 즉각적인 원인 없음,” with many of themsurrendering to the customary rhythms of Washington in August.

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플래시, like other U.S. 공무원, had to be called back from his vacation once things started rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, 보고서는 말했다.

By August, the dominant view was that the Taliban wasn’t likely to pose a serious threat to Kabul until late fall,” 포스트보고. “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. 하루 전, 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, 죽이는 13 우리. service members and more than 170 Afghans.

Biden assured Americans just last month that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was not likely and that he trustedthe capacity of the Afghan military.” 대통령 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 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 and failed to address the situation 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.

그 동안에, 백악관 언론 비서 Jen Psaki 가졌다 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 through Sept. 5.

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