President Biden on Friday said he would take no questions on Afghanistan at his only scheduled public event of the day — just four days away from the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Biden announced the policy while seated in the Oval Office next to visiting Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett — pinning his refusal to take questions on his company.
“I’m not going to take any questions, because of the prime minister being here, on Afghanistan now,” Biden said.
Biden described the desperate rescue mission that’s concluding at Kabul’s airport as a “dangerous” but “worthy” mission, but took no reporter requests for details.
The departure of US troops is expected to leave stranded an unknown number of US citizens as well as thousands of Afghan citizens who worked with the US during the 20-year conflict and who will likely face retribution from the Taliban.
A deadly bombing outside Kabul’s airport further hindered the evacuation effort while killing 13 US troops and dozens of Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
Biden on Thursday evening blamed the Islamic State group for the bombing and vowed revenge. He also vowed to continue evacuations of US citizens and at-risk Afghans following Aug. 31, though it’s unclear how that will happen without a military presence.