“I think that history is going to record this was the logical, rational, and right decision to make.”
President Biden on Sunday, August 22, updating the American people on the situation in Afghanistan.
aug 23, 2021
- President Biden spoke around 4:20 p.m. EDT. He delivered prepared remarks and also took questions.
- The president will meet with members of the G-7 on Tuesday to discuss the collapse of the Afghanistan government to the Taliban. The G-7 = the world's largest economies/democracies (Japan, U.S., U.K., Canada, Italy, Germany, France). Here's one notable comment by the president during a Q&A:
"The Taliban has said — we’ll see whether they mean it or not — they’re seeking legitimacy. They’re seeking legitimacy to determine whether or not they will be recognized by other countries.
They have told other countries, as well as us, they don’t want us to move our diplomatic presence completely. But they — so, all of this is all just talk now. All just talk now."
- Why It Matters: The U.S. president remains resolute in the decision to leave Afghanistan, repeatedly saying the challenges faced with the evacuation currently would remain regardless of the timing of the withdrawal.
Here's your 3-minute highlight of the address in video: