Joe Biden speech LIVE – President to give address on Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after Trump called on him to resign

PRESIDENT Joe Biden will finally return to the White House Monday to address the nation on the crisis in Afghanistan after days of silence.

The White House announced Biden will travel back to Washington from the Camp David presidential retreat to speak at 3:45pm on Monday.

It will be his first public remarks on the Afghanistan situation in nearly a week, after Biden and other top officials had been stunned by the pace of the Taliban’s swift routing of the Afghan military.

Senior military officials say the chaos at the airport left seven people dead Monday morning, including some who fell from a departing American military transport jet.

Afghans rushed onto the tarmac of the capital’s airport as thousands tried to escape after the Taliban seized power with stunning speed. Some clung to the side of a U.S. military plane before takeoff, in a widely shared video that captured the sense of desperation as America’s 20-year war comes to a chaotic end.

Former President Donald Trump has demanded Biden resign over the Taliban's advances in Afghanistan.

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    SPEAKING ON AFGHANISTAN

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    #WHERESBIDEN

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    'DISASTROUS FAILURE'

    Both Republicans and Democrats have compared the mission to the Fall of Saigon in 1975 which effectively ended the Vietnam War.

    Rep. Elise Stefanik said: “This is Joe Biden’s Saigon. A disastrous failure on the international stage that will never be forgotten.”

    And, Debbie Dingell, who represents Michigan’s 12th congressional district, told MSNBC: “It does feel like the fall of Saigon today. I’m not going to lie.”

    Hitting back, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “This is manifestly not Saigon” – adding that the US had “done its duty” over the past two decades in Afghanistan.

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    'VICTORIOUS'

    Meanwhile, a stampede on the airfield has left at least five people dead, according to reports.

    Members of the Taliban declared Sunday that they had been “victorious” in a statement.

    Biden temporarily deployed around 5,000 troops to help with the evacuation of the embassy staff as the situation deteriorated.

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    BORIS JOHNSON APPEARED TO BLAME THE US

    Boris Johnson appeared to blame the US for the advancement of the Taliban in the country.

    He said the "difficult" situation had been exacerbated by Biden's decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.

    Thousands of people desperately stormed planes in a bid to flee Afghanistan and the Taliban.

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    TRUMP CALLS ON BIDEN TO RESIGN

    Former President Donald Trump has called on Biden to "resign in disgrace" following the Taliban's advances.

    In a statement, he said: “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he allowed to happen in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in Covid, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy."

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    MOTIVATED BY ANNIVERSARY

    Department of Homeland Security officials warned foreign terrorist groups could be motivated by the anniversary.

    A bulletin published on Friday said: “The 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks as well [as] religious holidays we assess could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence.

    “Leading up to the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula recently released its first English-language copy of Inspire magazine in over four years, which demonstrates that foreign terrorist organizations continue efforts to inspire U.S.-based individuals susceptible to violent extremist influences."

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    'HIDING OUT ON VACATION'

    President Biden has been criticized by politicians in the US and abroad for his handling of the crisis.

    He has been accused of “hiding out on vacation” at Camp David while Taliban insurgents seize control of the country.

    Rep Jim Jordan posted on Twitter: “America’s in crisis. Afghanistan’s in chaos. Why’s Joe Biden on vacation?”

    Sen Tom Cotton said: “Why is Joe Biden in hiding? He should immediately address the nation and answer for the catastrophic situation in Afghanistan. Conference calls between cabinet secretaries and senators don’t cut it in a crisis.”

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    'MEDIEVIL THUGS'

    The Republican warned the president not to recognize the incoming Taliban government.

    He branded the insurgents “medieval thugs” amid fears that a new government could mean a repressive regime for women and girls.

    It comes just days after security officials in Washington warned of a heightened terror threat in the buildup to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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    REPUBLICANS ON AFGHANISTAN

    The Republican said jihadists around the world will be celebrating what’s happening in Afghanistan.

    Sen. Graham asked Biden: “Are we comfortable outsourcing American national security to the Taliban?”

    Graham branded the decision to withdraw all remaining troops weeks before the 9/11 anniversary a "disaster".

    He said: “The decision by President Biden to fully withdraw is a calamity for the people of Afghanistan – a disaster for the American people and shows a lack of understanding as to the threats that still emanate from the War on Terror.”

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    BIDEN BLASTED AS 'OBLIVIOUS TO TERRORIST THREATS'

    Joe Biden is "oblivious" to the terrorist threats the Taliban poses to the US, a top Republican Senator has warned.

    The radical Islamist insurgents are on verge of taking control of the country – weeks before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

    Senator Lindsey Graham told Newsweek: “It’s only a matter of time until al-Qaeda re-emerges in Afghanistan and presents a threat to the American homeland and western world.”

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    HALTED EVACUATION FLIGHTS

    The United States temporarily halted all evacuation flights from Kabul to clear people who had converged on the airfield.

    Military officials later said they shot dead two armed men at the airport security fence.

    In total 18 people have reportedly been treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital in Kabul.

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    TRYING TO ESCAPE

    Desperate people were also filmed trying climb up a ladder to get on a civilian plane while others were seen being pulled on board another aircraft.

    One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle at the airport.

    American troops guarding the airport were forced to fire shots into the air but it's unclear if those who died were hit by bullets or crushed in the stampede.

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    HARROWING VIDEO CONTINUED

    In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital.

    With civilian flights suspended, many turned US Air Force aircraft to try get out of the country.

    Separate footage shows Afghans running alongside a C-17 as it prepares to take off with around a dozen holding on to the wheel bay.

    At one stage US Apache helicopter gunships were brought in to clear a path for the transport planes, swooping low to disperse people massed on the runway.

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    HARROWING VIDEO

    The news came just hours after a harrowing video showed stowaways falling to their deaths after being thrown from a transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.

    The two stowaways fell hundreds of feet from the C-17 transport plane as thousands of desperate Afghans try to get out of the country after the Taliban victory.

    The stampede at Kabul Airport has already left five people dead with more people clambering over walls to get in.

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    PSAKI VACATIONING

    She was accused on Sunday of vacationing during this unprecedented time.

    Those who emailed Psaki yesterday received an automatic "out of office" reply.

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    OUT OF OFFICE

    Republican staffer, Matt Whitlock, tweeted on Sunday: "This is wild. Biden has no public events tomorrow, he's out of the White House until mid-week, and Psaki has an out-of-office reply that she's out for a week."

    However, the president is expected to address the nation regarding the tragic matter at 3.45pm ET today.

    It is unlikely that Biden will be prepped by his press secretary Jen Psaki, as she reportedly has an "out of office" on her emails.

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    DONALD TRUMP JR SLAMS BIDEN

    Donald Trump Jr has slammed Joe Biden's silence after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, as Jen Psaki is blasted for her "out of office" message.

    "#WheresBiden," the former president's eldest son tweeted on Monday morning.

    It comes as Joe Biden kept quiet about the matter over the weekend, as he spent some time in Camp David.

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    WHEN IS JOE BIDEN SPEAKING TODAY?

    PRESIDENT Joe Biden will finally return to the White House Monday to address the nation on the crisis in Afghanistan after days of silence.

    The White House announced Biden will travel back to Washington from the Camp David presidential retreat to speak at 3:45pm on Monday.

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