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Biden official refuses to answer if troops will leave Afghanistan before Americans are evacuated

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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Hernandez signals to an Army MH-60 Black Hawk assigned during nighttime deck landing qualifications aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado in the Pacific Ocean, July 28, 2021. (U.S Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Hector Carrera)

By Sebastian Hughes
Daily Caller News Foundation

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to say at a press conference Tuesday whether U.S. troops would leave Kabul before the evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies was completed.

“If the mission is not complete by Aug. 31, and there are Americans and Afghan allies who remain there, will U.S. troops stay until everyone is out or will they leave?” CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang asked Sullivan.

Sullivan said he was not going to get into “hypotheticals,” staying focused “on the task at hand, which is getting as many people out as rapidly as possible and we will take that day by day.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki also didn’t answer when asked the same question. “Our focus right now is undoing the work at hand and on the task at hand,” she said.

There remain about 11,000 “self-identified” Americans in Afghanistan, Psaki said. Thousands of Afghans who aided the U.S. military remain trapped in the country and fear for their lives, the New York Times reported.

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