Biden chief of staff says ‘around a hundred’ Americans remain in Afghanistan
White House chief of staff Ron Klain said there are approximately 100 Americans still in Afghanistan .
Klain’s new evaluation comes almost a week after the U.S. military withdrew all of its service members from Afghanistan, ending the United States's longest war.
“We believe it’s around a hundred. We’re in touch with all of them who we’ve identified on a regular basis,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
The administration is “hopeful that in the coming days the Qataris will be able to resume air service out of Kabul,” Klain continued. “If they do, we’re obviously going to look to see if Americans can be part of those flights.”
He also reiterated President Joe Biden’s message that the mission in Afghanistan transitioned from a militaristic one to a diplomatic one.
“I know some are coming out by land,” he added. “We are continuing to work on efforts to get them out by air as well. We're going to continue to move those SIVs out of the country.”