National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan On American Evacuations From Afghanistan

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan On American Evacuations From Afghanistan

i spoke with national security adviser jake sullivan and further pressed on the question of how many americans could need a way out does the u.s have a number now in the number of americans still in afghanistan who’ve not been able to make their way to the airport we don’t have a precise number and the reason is because we ask americans to register with the us government when they arrive in country so a number of people come they sign up and then they leave and never let us know they left and so we can’t know for certain exactly how many americans are in country we’ve been hearing a lot of stories about people unable to get to the airport because the taliban are pushing crowds back are you telling me there is a safe and reliable route now to the airport for anyone who wants to leave we have gotten regular reports that american citizens seeking to come to the airport have been able to get to the airport the issue that we are confronting is that at the gates of the airport there are large crowds we’re working through that we’re getting them through we’re getting them on planes we’re going to keep doing that in the days ahead i just want to be clear are you saying that any american in afghanistan right now who wants to leave that their government will not leave them behind we will get any american who wants to get to the airport and who we get in contact with who says i want to get out and get on a plane we will make that happen is there any fear or concern that this could become a hostage situation in which people are not allowed to leave i want to level with the american people this is a risky operation we right now have established contact with the taliban to allow for the safe passage of people to the airport and that is working at the moment to get americans and afghans at risk to the airport that being said we can’t count on anything and we have to worry about all kinds of contingencies one of the contingencies we are very focused on laser focused on is the potential for a terrorist attack by a group like isis k which of course is a sworn enemy of the taliban so we will keep working to minimize the risks and maximize the number of people on planes thanks for watching our youtube channel follow today’s top stories and breaking news by downloading the nbc news app
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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan On American Evacuations From Afghanistan

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