While perhaps as many as 80,000 Americans and Afghans friendlies are desperately trying to be evacuated from Kabul, President Joe Biden remains bunkered down in The White House.
Biden has cancelled all briefings for the second day on Friday amid reports that the evacuation process was moving too slow. Roughly only 7,000 Americans and refugees have been flown out of the Kabul airport so far.
“We’re going to work that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we’re gonna get everyone that we can possibly evacuate, evacuated. And I’ll do that as long as we possibly can — until the clock runs out or we run out of capability,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.
Vice President Kamala Harris has also been radio silence as she is scheduled to depart on her second overseas trip, to Singapore and Vietnam. Critics point out that the optics of going to Saigon as the US embassy in Kabul is being evacuated is highly ironic.
On Thursday a new Rasmussen Reports survey found that only 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Harris is qualified to assume the duties of the presidency. That’s down from April, when 49% said Harris was qualified to become president. Now, 55% say Harris is not qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 47% who say she is Not At All Qualified.