The White House is depending on the Taliban to give evacuating Americans “safe passage” to the Kabul airport just six weeks after President Biden said he doesn’t trust the terrorist organization.
National security adviser Jake Sullivan joined White House press secretary Jen Psaki at the podium for a news conference Tuesday, where they took questions about the fallout from the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which gave way to a swift Taliban takeover of the country.
“The Taliban have informed us that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport, and we intend to hold them to that commitment,” Sullivan also said during the briefing.
The president was asked just six weeks ago if he trusted the Taliban, to which he replied: “No, I do not trust the Taliban.”
Thousands of American civilians remain in Afghanistan awaiting evacuation.