As thousands of American citizens rush to evacuate Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will reportedly remain “out of the office” until August 22, according to her official government email.
Meanwhile, the press and concerned citizens continue to demand answers from the Biden Administration regarding the “deteriorating” situation in Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control of the region. However, with Psaki out of office, it appears Americans may be forced to wait much longer for answers on the urgent situation.
When the Washington Examiner attempted to reach Psaki for comment via email on Sunday, it received an automated response from the Press Secretary indicating that she would be absent “from August 15th until August 22nd.”
During her first day off on Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a “shelter in place” for Americans on Afghanistan soil directing them to avoid the embassy and airport.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden also remained on vacation through the weekend as tensions flared between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban. While he enjoyed his Camp David retreat, criticisms against him increased from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers dissatisfied with his lack of urgency in addressing the time-sensitive matter pertaining to thousands of American lives that could possibly be in danger.
Blaming Biden for the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said “The fiasco in Afghanistan wasn’t just predictable, it was predicted. Joe Biden’s ill-planned retreat has now humiliated America and put at risk thousands of Americans left in Kabul.”
After a weekend full of controversy regarding the Biden Administration’s silence on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Biden is finally expected to return to the White House from Camp David on Monday to address the nation at 3:45pm EST.