Skip to content


America’s Newsroom co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino grilled Pentagon spokesman John Kirby over the Biden administration’s decision to end evacuation efforts out of Afghanistan, thus breaking his promise to leave no American behind.

The last US soldier left Afghanistan after 20 years on Monday, ending America’s longest war. The Biden administration admitted that at least 100 Americans had not left the country, although the president has more than once vowed to evacuate all Americans.

“If there are any US citizens left, we will stay to get them all out,” he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos earlier this month.

Hemmer quoted the Commander-in-Chief’s words to Kirby.

“According to the State Department, there are at least 100 Americans who haven’t come out,” Hemmer said. “Why?”

The spokesperson said there was “a lot of effort to contact” the Americans who remained in Afghanistan and he could not explain each specific case.

“I don’t know the case of each of those 100 or more that are left,” Kirby said. “But what I can tell you is that as a government we will continue to do all we can to help them find safe passage.”

The Pentagon press secretary added that although the military mission is over, they are now turning to diplomatic efforts to bring the Americans to safety.

“The military mission is over, Bill, we are no longer on the ground in Afghanistan to facilitate this kind of safe passage,” he continued. “But that doesn’t mean that the administration or the government will turn a blind eye to trying to help them get home.”

THE AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN THE KABUL AIRPORT ATTACK

“Are we less secure than 20 years ago now? Hemmer asked, pointing to the alarming terrorist presence in the country which is made up not only of the Taliban but of IS, IS-K and al-Qaeda.

“We will remain vigilant for any terrorist threat that may emanate from Afghanistan,” Kirby said.

“You didn’t say yes or no to that in the first part of your answer,” Hemmer noted. “How do you assess the level of security we have now? “

The United States, Kirby replied, has “much better capabilities” than before 9/11 and has “a strong presence” in the region.

ARMY UNIT RELEASES PHOTO OF LAST US SOLDIER TO LEAVE AFGHANISTAN

The anchors then insisted on Kirby about the suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. servicemen outside Kabul airport last Thursday, wondering why troops were stationed in the area.

Kirby said a “dynamic security threat” outside the airport required a military presence. He added that the administration was in mourning with the families of the soldiers and planned to investigate the attack.

Specifically, Perino asked Kirby if the State Department was working to help free Mark Frerichs, a Navy veteran held hostage by the Taliban. Kirby responded in the affirmative, saying the US government was staying on top of his situation and was “laser focused” on getting him home.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The Taliban, who took control of the country, celebrated the departure of the last American troops from Kabul.


Fox Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.