Faced with the prospect of a takeover of the Taliban within a year – accompanied, probably by destruction and suffering – Biden hopes to convey continued support to the country. White House officials say he will provide detailed information on U.S. security and humanitarian aid that will continue once the troop’s presence is over.
Biden has promised to allow those who helped the U.S. effort to come to the U.S., but the visa process has been slow, leading officials to develop plans to relocate them to a third country. Officials said Biden will discuss plans to begin relocating these Afghans in August.
An administration official told CNN that the first flights for interpreters could begin in two weeks.
This morning’s briefing by members of his White House National Security Team Situation Room will come before public remarks by the President on the future role of the United States in Afghanistan. He will save them from the eastern space.
“It’s a rational downsizing with our allies – there’s nothing unusual about it,” Biden said Friday about the rate of withdrawal that has surprised some in Washington.
“I am concerned that they are dealing with the internal problems they have in order to generate the kind of support they need nationwide to sustain the government,” Biden said.
The withdrawal came quickly after Biden announced in April that he would end America’s presence in Afghanistan on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that led to the war.
Officials recently began quoting an earlier date – the end of August – by which the last remaining troops would leave the country with a small contingent left to protect diplomatic facilities.
Some Afghan soldiers told CNN they only found out the Americans were leaving that day. And Afghan officials, who accompanied CNN on a tour of Bagram on Monday, admitted that only then did they gain access to much of the base and work out what had been left behind.
US intelligence services, military leaders and members of Congress have all warned that the Afghan government will not be able to stand up to the Taliban without the support of US firepower. The Taliban are already moving fast to take over districts in northern Afghanistan, leading U.S. military commanders to raise the prospect of a civil war once the U.S. troops are gone.
Other major decisions have not yet been made, including whether and how the United States will use drones in the future to target suspected terrorists in Afghanistan, and how to secure the Kabul civilian airport.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Barbara Starr and Kylie Atwood contributed to this report.