Psaki pointed reporters to the remarks the Secretary of State made on Monday. She declared that “we have enormous leverage over the Taliban.”
She claimed that includes “access to the global marketplace,” claiming that is “not a small piece of leverage.”
“In order to gain access to the global marketplace, we’re going to be watching closely as will the global community. I would note that yesterday, the U.N. The Security Council also…passed a resolution that made clear what the expectation is in terms of safe travel and evacuation, or departure, I should say, of individuals who want to leave Afghanistan.”
Psaki added that “nearly half of the countries in the world have also signed onto a statement making clear that is the expectation.”
After the last U.S. forces departed from the region, hundreds of Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan.
Last week, however, Psaki said in a press conference that it was “irresponsible” to say Americans were “stranded.”
“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 e-mail, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”
Biden turned his back on reporters after his speech and did not take questions, The Daily Wire reported Earlier this month, Biden told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that troops would stay in the country until all of the Americans were out.
Stephanopoulos asked, “So Americans should understand that troops might have to be there beyond August 31st?”
Biden answered, “No. Americans should understand that we’re gonna try to get it done before August 31st.” Biden eventually admitted, “And if you're an American force — if there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”
In his speech on Tuesday, Biden vowed to take responsibility for the events of the past several weeks, but he appeared to cast blame in other directions, as well.
“The assumption was that more than 300,000 Afghan national security forces that we had trained over the past two decades and equipped would be a strong adversary in their civil wars with the Taliban,” he said. “That assumption, that the Afghan government would be able to hold on for a period of time beyond military drawdown, turned out not to be accurate.”
At least thirteen U.S. service members were killed last week in a terror attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan last week. The attack left several other service members wounded and killed over a hundred Afghans.