President Biden’s Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday admitted that the administration nonetheless doesn’t know what number of People are in Afghanistan.
“We can not provide you with a exact quantity,” Sullivan mentioned. “We imagine it’s a number of thousand People who we’re working with now to attempt to get safely overseas.”
He then blamed People not registering or deregistering correctly on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for why they have no idea the precise quantity.
“The explanation we won’t provide you with a exact quantity is that we ask People, after they come to Afghanistan, to register with the embassy. Many come and do this, however then they go away and by no means deregister,” Sullivan mentioned. “Many others come and do not register in any respect. That’s their proper. It was their proper, after all, to stay in Afghanistan so long as they wished and it is our duty to get them out.”
Sullivan is not the one Biden administration official who hasn’t been capable of reply questions concerning the variety of People in Afghanistan. Final week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned, “I do not know” in response to the identical query after which was pressed again in a follow-up query asking how the Biden administration does not know these numbers.
“I feel as you in all probability know, to begin with, the State Division could be a greater place to go for an estimate of what number of People are in Afghanistan or in and round Kabul. That’s not a determine that america army would know, and I feel you additionally know not each American citizen out of the country that there’s no obligation that they register their presence. And which you can have an ideal correct depend,” Kirby mentioned.
Nevertheless, when State Division Spokesman Ned Worth was requested later that day concerning the variety of People nonetheless ready to be rescued in Afghanistan, he replied, “We’re simply not ready to provide a quantity proper now.”
“We’re extra broadly, not in place to supply an combination determine, as a result of we’re placing ahead affords to people who could also be fascinated with relocating,” Worth added.
Regardless of not understanding what number of People are nonetheless in Afghanistan, Biden on Friday said, “Let me be clear, any American who desires to come back house, we are going to get you house.”
“Make no mistake, this evacuation mission is harmful and entails dangers to our armed forces. And it is being performed beneath troublesome circumstances. I can not promise what the ultimate final result can be, or what it is going to be that it is going to be with out threat of loss.,” Biden continued. “However as commander in chief, I can guarantee you that I’ll mobilize each useful resource mandatory.”
Fox Information’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.