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White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that Americans in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan are not “stranded” and it’s “irresponsible” to make that claim.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed her on the way the Biden administration pulled U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
“First of all, I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not,” she said.
Doocy responded: “‘There are no Americans stranded’ is the White House’s official position on what’s happening in Afghanistan right now?”
Psaki replied: “I’m just calling you out for saying that we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan when we have been very clear that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home. We are going to bring them home.”
Even CNN fact-checked Psaki’s claim. CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “There are no doubt Americans who feel stranded in Afghanistan right now.”
National radio host Todd Starnes took it a step further.
“Psaki takes offense at a reporter saying that Americans in Afghanistan are ‘stranded.’ They are not stranded. They are hostages,” Starnes tweeted.
Needless to say, Psaki and the Biden administration’s messaging around Afghanistan has been criticized from both sides of the aisle and by the mainstream media at large.