Daily US Times: President Biden has said US troops may stay in Afghanistan past a 31 August deadline to evacuate Americans there and suggested there was no way for the US to withdraw from Afghanistan “without chaos ensuing”.
As critics in the United States and around the world questioned his handling of the troops withdrawal, Mr Biden said in his first on-camera interview since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan that troops would stay in the country to get American citizens out.
In an interview with ABC News, Biden said: “If there’s American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out.”
Biden defended his administration’s handling of the withdrawal at the same time. When the president was asked if he thought it could have gone better, he said: “No.”
He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “We’re gonna go back in hindsight and look … but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
The sentiment contradicts even himself as he had said weeks earlier, when insisted that the “likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely”.
Taliban were cooperating in helping get the US citizens out of the country, Biden said, but admitted “we’re having some more difficulty” in evacuating US-aligned Afghan citizens.
“They’re cooperating, letting American citizens get out, American personnel get out, embassies get out, et cetera, but they’re having … we’re having some more difficulty having those who helped us when we were in there,” Bide added.