President Biden said Friday that in recent days, the US military went outside Kabul airport perimeter to bring in 169 Americans.
Biden also added that the White House is considering “every opportunity” to rescue Americans and Afghans stuck behind those checkpoints.
“To the best of our knowledge, the Taliban checkpoints, they are letting through people showing American passports. Now, that's a different question when they get in the rush and crowd of all the folks just outside the wall near the airport. That's why we had to, I guess, yesterday, or the day before, we went over the wall and brought in how many? 169 Americans,” Biden said speaking from the White House East Room Friday.
Biden did not expand on the mission to bring over the 169 Americans from the other side of the checkpoint.
“So, it is a process to try to figure out how we — how we deal with the mad rush of Non-Americans, those who didn't help, those who were not on the priority list, just any Afghan, any Afghan to be able to get out of the country," he said.
Asked specifically if he is considering a rescue operation to recover Americans and Afghan allies stuck behind Taliban checkpoint, Biden said yes, adding: “We're considering every opportunity and every means by which we could get folks to the airport.”