Psaki pushes back on Fox News reporter who claimed Americans are 'stranded' in Kabul

Jen Psaki, WH press secretary, rebuffed a Fox News reporter's claim that Americans were "stranded in Afghanistan".
"It's irresponsible for Americans to claim they are stranded." She said Monday that they are not.

According to the White House, over 37,000 Afghans have been evacuated by the US.

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Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, reacted to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy's claim that Americans were "stranded in Afghanistan" during Monday's press briefing.

"First, it is irresponsible for Americans to claim they are stranded. Psaki replied that they are not. We are determined to bring Americans home who wish to return home. If they wish to return home, we will be in touch with them by phone, text, email, and any other means.

Doocy continued to press Psaki asking: "There are not Americans stranded. What's the White House official position on Afghanistan right now?"

Psaki stated, "I'm just calling out you for saying that Americans are being stranded in Afghanistan." He said. "We will bring them home. It's important that the American public hears and understands this.

As the US faces an August 31 deadline to evacuate thousands of Afghan refugees and Americans, the White House briefing room is filled with tension.

According to the White House, the US has evacuated more 37,000 Afghans since August 14. According to the White House, around 10,400 people were evacuated on Sunday alone.

To facilitate the transportation of Afghan and American evacuees, President Joe Biden considered staying longer in Afghanistan. CNN reported Monday that the US military advised him to make a decision by Tuesday on whether to extend the deadline.

Sky News interviewed a Taliban spokesperson Monday, saying that the US military would face "consequences" for remaining beyond the next eight-day period. The Taliban seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on August 15, during the US military withdrawal.

During Monday's press conference, Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the US, stated to reporters that the US believes it has enough time between now August 31st and get out all Americans who want to leave.

Sullivan stated that the US is currently in talks with Taliban to ensure safe passage for Afghan evacuees.

Sullivan stated that "we believe we are making progress" and that he will continue to make progress. "And the president will make the final decision about the exact shape and scope"