Biden heading to Delaware amid Afghanistan crisis

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Biden heading to Delaware amid Afghanistan crisis

President Biden will travel to his home in Delaware Saturday, as thousands of Americans and Afghan allies remain stranded in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover last weekend.

The White House announced that Biden would leave for Wilmington around midday following a meeting with his national security team to get updated on the situation. Vice President Kamala Harris, who was traveling to Southeast Asia, is expected to attend virtually.

As of Friday evening, Biden had no public events scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.

The president was originally scheduled to take a long weekend with an early-afternoon departure from the White House on Friday. But the White House said he changed his mind.

He gave an address on the status of the chaotic evacuations from Hamid Karzai International Airport outside Kabul on Friday afternoon.

Later, Biden spoke by phone Friday evening to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani from the Executive Mansion.

Biden’s trip on Saturday will be his 19th to his home state since taking office on Jan. 20.

Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. The Taliban celebrated Afghanistan's Independence Day on Thursday by declaring they beat the United States, but challenges to their rule ranging from running a country severely short on cash and bureaucrats to potentially facing an armed opposition began to emerge.
Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 19, 2021.
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A boy selling Taliban flags, brings his ware towards a military vehicle, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.
A boy sells a Taliban flag to an insurgent in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 20, 2021.
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The president faced intense backlash for being at Camp David in Maryland last weekend as the Taliban rapidly swept through Afghanistan, taking the capital of Kabul on Sunday.

He eventually curtailed his trip and returned to the White House to address the nation on Monday, admitting that “this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”

He then returned to Camp David, before turning back around and heading back to the White House on Tuesday night.

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