Jake Sullivan also admits Taliban acquired “a fair amount” of U.S. military weaponry, refuses to commit to rescuing Americans from country.
Source: Jamie White
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitted that Joe Biden hasn’t spoken to a single world leader since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban over the weekend.
“He has not yet spoken with any other world leaders,” Sullivan told reporters Tuesday at a press conference in the White House, adding that himself, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and other “senior members” of his foreign policy team are acting as Biden’s proxies.
Why would that be?
Sullivan also admitted that the Taliban successfully acquired “a fair amount” of U.S. military weaponry and vehicles during Biden’s botched withdrawal campaign.
“We don’t have a complete picture – obviously – of where defense materials has gone, but certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.”
“And obviously we don’t have a sense that they’ll readily hand them over to us at the airport,” he added.
Sullivan followed that up by refusing to answer whether the Biden administration would commit to ensuring all American citizens trapped in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan would be safely evacuated at the Kabul airport.
But, Sullivan said, the Biden administration would take the Taliban at its word that they would provide safe passage to civilians trying to escape.
“The Taliban have informed us that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport, and we intend to hold them to that commitment,” Sullivan said.
All in all, this was a pretty catastrophic press conference to add to the already politically devastating developments in Afghanistan for Biden and his administration.
Watch the full briefing: