The President met this morning within the Situation Room together with his national security team, including our commanders and diplomats within the field. The vice-chairman joined by secure video teleconference. They advised the President and vice chairman that another terror attack in Kabul is probably going, but that they’re taking maximum force protection measures at the Kabul Airport.
They reported that even within the face of these threats, our courageous servicewomen and men are continuing to work a historic evacuation operation. The U.S. military is airlifting out thousands of individuals every few hours. They still prioritize evacuating the remaining Americans who have indicated that they want to go away, and are engaged during a sort of means to urge them to the airport safely. The President directed the Secretary of State to continue diplomatic efforts with international partners to secure means for third-country nationals and Afghans with visas to go away the country even after the U.S. military presence ends.
Our commanders also updated the President and vice chairman on plans to develop ISIS-K targets. The subsequent few days of this mission are going to be the foremost dangerous period so far. The President reaffirmed with the commanders his approval of all authorities they have to conduct the operation and protect our troops, and everyone reported back that they have the resources they believe they need to try to do so effectively.
The President and vice-chairman were joined by Secretary Blinken, Secretary Austin, Chairman Milley, Director Haines, Director Burns, National Security Advisor Sullivan, Ambassador Wilson, General McKenzie, Admiral Vasily, Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Finer, Homeland Security Advisor Sherwood-Randall, and other senior officials.