US President Joe Biden has stated that US troops could remain in Afghanistan past the deadline of the 31st of August, to ensure that all Americans get out of the country.
When asked by ABC News if the situation could have been handled better, Biden stated that there was no other way to handle the situation that wouldn’t have resulted in chaos.
“When you had the Government of Afghanistan, the leader of that Government, get in a plane and taking off and going to another country. When you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, up to 300,000 of them, just leaving their equipment and taking off, that was, you know, that’s what happened,”.
Biden was asked what his thoughts were in relation to the pictures from Kabul airport, to which he responded with, “What I thought was, we have to gain control of this. We have to move this more quickly – we have to move in a way and take control of that airport, and we did.”
Biden said that the US forces will do everything in their power to get US citizens and allies out of Afghanistan by the 31st of August. If necessary, the troops will be required to stay beyond the deadline to ensure all Americans are out of the country.
“It depends on where we are and whether we can ramp these numbers up to five to 7,000 a day coming out. If that’s the case, they’ll all be out,”.
While denying that there were 80,000 Afghan nationals identified as allies of the US Government, Biden gave an estimate of between 50,000 to 65,000 people in total, when including their families.