White House chief of staff commits to evacuating Afghan interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008

On Tuesday evening, Klain told MSNBC that he didn’t think Biden had seen the Journal report, but that “we will try to get every person out.”

Mohammed joined the Arizona National Guard forces in Afghanistan in 2008 to track down two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters making an emergency landing in a remote valley during a snow storm, the Journal reported.

These helicopters were carried by Sens. Biden (D-Del.), John Kerry (D-Mass.) And Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.).

According to the former National Guard sergeant who brought Mohammed with him to rescue the senators, Mohammed cannot complete his visa application to leave Afghanistan because the defense contractor who employed him had lost the necessary documents.

Mohammed also said he tried to gain access to the international airport in Kabul, where American evacuation efforts are underway, but US forces said only Mohammed could enter – not his wife and their four children.

“I read in this story that [Mohammed] didn’t finish it [Special Immigrant Visa] because of some complexity with his employer, “Klain said on Tuesday, referring to the Journal report.

“It doesn’t matter,” he added. “We will break through the bureaucracy. We will find this gentleman, whose false name [is] in this story. And we’ll get him and the other SIVs out. “

White House press secretary Jen Psaki delivered the same message to Mohammed at a press conference Tuesday afternoon: “We’re going to get you out, we’re going to honor your service, and we are determined to do just that.”

The pledges from top White House officials come after the U.S. military completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday, along with its desperate efforts to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies.

US officials said they have managed to evacuate more than 123,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, including about 6,000 Americans and 73,500 third-country nationals and Afghan civilians.

But 100-200 Americans and countless Afghan allies remain stranded there, despite Biden’s promise last month to maintain the US military presence in Afghanistan until all who wanted to leave are evacuated.

In a White House address Tuesday afternoon, Biden described the evacuation effort as a “success” and said “there is no deadline” to evacuate the Americans who are still in Afghanistan.

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