President Biden has remained relatively silent after the attack in Kabul that left at least 12 U.S. service members dead and dozens of others on Wednesday.
For several hours after the attack, the commander-in-chief’s Twitter timeline was blank and the White House released no statements from him. Biden is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. ET, which will have been seven hours after the bombing.
As of 3:20 p.m. ET, Biden’s most recent tweet from Wednesday read: “We’re going to do everything that we can to provide safe evacuation for Americans, our Afghan allies, partners, and Afghans who might be targeted because of their association with the United States.” The White House’s and president’s official Twitter accounts posted earlier in the day about evacuations.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki retweeted the Pentagon’s statements on the issue. Although the Defense Department held a press conference, the State Department prompted plenty of online backlash when it cancelled their’s for Thursday. U.S. officials said 11 Marines and one Navy medic were among those who died.