According to AP News, President Joe Biden will be addressing the nation on Monday about the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American troops turned deadly as thousands rushed to the Kabul national airport to flee the country after the Taliban takeover.
The White House says Biden will travel back to Washington from Camp David to speak at 3:45, according to AP News. Many are curious as to what position Biden will hold in this speech because he has remained steadfast on the Aug. 31 deadline for the last American troops to leave.
Biden also has been recorded downplaying the Taliban’s quick and aggressive uprising, saying, “The jury is still out, but the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning whole country is highly unlikely.”
The Taliban has since seized power in Afghanistan. Biden’s team has already expressed surprise with the Taliban’s speed.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan said that the “speed at which cities fell was much greater than anyone anticipated.” Sullivan blames this on the Afghans, saying that the U.S. couldn’t provide Afghan security forces the “will” to fight to defend their democracy, AP News reported. Biden is also under fire from his critics who did not support the method of how he would evacuate the troops, though no one, Democrat or Republican, has a problem with this 20-year war coming to end.