She said during a White House press briefing Thursday, “We’re not going to have a mission accomplished moment in this regard. It’s a 20-year war that has not been won militarily. We are proud of the men and women who have served, incredibly grateful.”
Psaki continued, “The president will note that in his remarks today, how grateful he is for their service and the families who have sacrificed over the last 20 years and we will continue to press for a political outcome and a political solution.”
Watch part of the press briefing below:
“We’re not going to have a mission accomplished moment.”
— WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/t4Zh6qWVCo
— The Recount (@therecount) July 8, 2021
Senior administration officials also said Biden is planning on addressing the Afghans who helped the United States during the war and are now waiting for U.S. visa applications.
Earlier this month, Biden was asked about Afghanistan possibly falling to the Taliban once U.S. troops fully left.
“I want to talk about happy things, man,” Biden said.
When asked about the issue again, Biden replied, “I’m not gonna answer any more questions on Afghanistan. Look, it’s Fourth of July [weekend].”
He added, “You guys are asking me questions that I’ll answer next week. But this is a holiday weekend. I’m going to celebrate it. There’s great things happening.”
The president went on to touch on the economy, explaining, “We’ve got a record number of new jobs. COVID deaths are down 90%. Wages are up faster than anytime in 15 years. We’re bringing our troops home. We have all across America people who are going to ballgames and doing good things.”
He proceeded to tell reporters, “I’ll answer all of your negative questions, not negative — your legitimate questions — [next week].”
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