Pentagon spokesman John Kirby contradicted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, claiming Americans get stranded in countries “all the time.”
““We have Americans that get #stranded in countries all the time,” Kirby said on Tuesday in response to Americans remaining in Afghanistan.
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“Right now I think the tools we have available to us and that we’re going to use as a U.S. government is going to be more in the diplomatic, economic lanes, and we don’t really see a military role right now,” Kirby added during the report, according to Fox News.
“It’s not completely unlike the way we do it elsewhere around the world. We have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time and we do everything we can to try to facilitate safe passage,” Kirby added.
The information contrasted Psaki’s response during a White House briefing last week when she said, “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home.”
Many Americans remain upset over President Joe Biden’s departure from Afghanistan while Americans remain trapped under Taliban control. The State Department will now oversee responsibility for any remaining Americans trying to leave Afghanistan.
The comments also came across as uncaring about Americans caught in Afghanistan. For a military that argues to never leave a person behind, it’s now found a way to justify doing so.