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WH’s Psaki: 'It’s Irresponsible to Say Americans Are Stranded; They Are Not'

By Craig Bannister | August 23, 2021 | 5:05pm EDT
WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki denied that any Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, when she answered a question by Fox News’ Peter Doocy at a White House press event Monday.

Doocy had asked Psaki about the American public’s concern for “Americans who are now stranded” in Afghanistan because President Joe Biden pulled U.S. troops out before rescuing American citizens:

“Does the president have the sense that most of the criticism is not of leaving Afghanistan, it is the way that he has ordered it to happen, by pulling the troops before getting these Americans who are now stranded? Does he have a sense of that?”

"First of all, I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not,” Psaki responded:

"First of all, I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not.

“We are committed to bringing Americans, who want to come home, home. We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via email, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”

Doocy then asked if it is the White House’s official stance that no Americans are stranded:

"'There are no Americans stranded' is the White House's official position on what's happening in Afghanistan right now?"

Nuancing her previous claim, an agitated Psaki replied that, when all is said and done, no Americans will end up being left stranded in Afghanistan:

“I’m just calling you out for saying that we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan, when I said – when we have been very clear – that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home. We are going to bring them home. And, I think important for the American public to hear and understand.”

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