Americans should understand that we're gonna try to get it done before Aug. 31st. ... if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out. — President Joe Biden
Americans should understand that we're gonna try to get it done before Aug. 31st. ... if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out. — President Joe Biden
US troops will stay until all Americans are out of Afghanistan, even if past Aug. 31 deadline
In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, President Joe Biden said the U.S. is committed to getting every American out of Afghanistan -- even if it means potentially extending the mission beyond his Aug. 31 deadline for a total withdrawal.

"We've got like 10 to 15,000 Americans in the country right now. Right? And are you committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out is out?" Stephanopoulos asked Biden.

"Yes," Biden replied.

The president cautioned that his focus is on completing the mission by Aug. 31, but when pressed by Stephanopoulos, conceded the mission could take longer.

"So Americans should understand that troops might have to be there beyond Aug. 31st?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"No," Biden replied. "Americans should understand that we're gonna try to get it done before Aug. 31st."

"But if we don't," Stephanopoulos said, "the troops will stay --"

"If -- if we don't," Biden interrupted, "We'll determine at the time who's left."

"And?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"And if you're American force -- if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay to get them all out," Biden said.
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