New details continue to emerge that highlight how poorly the Biden administration executed its U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
According to recent reports, President Joe Biden ignored United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a day and a half after Johnson attempted to reach him to discuss the situation.
“The main issue is an operational issue”
Breitbart asserted that Johnson had been trying to get in touch with Biden as early as Monday morning, the day after the Taliban completed its takeover of Afghanistan with the capture of its capital city of Kabul.
The pair of world leaders did not end up connecting for that conversation until about 10 p.m. on Tuesday — or roughly 36 hours later.
As it turns out, Johnson was not the only official receiving the silent treatment from Biden.
On Tuesday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan revealed to reporters that he had not yet spoken to Biden or any other world leaders about the Afghanistan debacle.
“Right now, the main issue is an operational issue,” he said. “It’s about how we coordinate with them to help them get their people out. And we are operating through logistical channels and policy channels to try and make that happen.”
“Putting together a group of the G-7.”
The following day, Biden attempted to shift the narrative during an ABC News interview during which he claimed that the U.S. was aligned with western allies against the Taliban.
“What we’re gonna be doing is we’re going to be putting together a group of the G-7, the folks that we work with the most — to — I was on the phone with — with [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel today,” the president said. “I was on the phone with the British prime minister. I’m going to be talking to [French President Emmanuel] Macron in France to make sure we have a coherent view of how we’re going to deal from this point on.”
Reports out of Afghanistan, however, made it clear that Biden was attempting to make the situation seem more orderly than it actually was.
Of course, Biden has long been accused of hiding from critics and ducking tough questions from the press.
Although it might be predictable for him to take a similar approach in the aftermath of the Taliban coup, Americans are increasingly disillusioned by his apparent efforts to ignore the crisis until it all blows over.