President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill took a bike ride Sunday morning while vacationing on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, during the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
When reporters asked if Biden wanted to speak to the press, he said “no,” but insisted he was “on the phone a lot” during his family vacation.
The president wore a blue shirt and khaki shorts along with a Beau Biden foundation cap for the Sunday morning outing, while Jill wore a white tank top, black athletic skirt and purple tennis shoes. Both carried a pair of pilots.
Biden took selfies with beachgoers and told reporters he enjoyed his vacation from the White House “a lot” but declined to comment on the day’s news.
Meanwhile, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke to Fareed Zakaria on his Sunday CNN program GPS, a year after the country fell under Taliban rule.
Ghani claimed the international community’s support for his government faded after Biden’s announcement of a total troop withdrawal last year.
President Joe Biden was spotted on a bike ride on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Sunday, August 14, during his family vacation to the beach.
The ride came the day before the one-year anniversary of the complete takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban following the withdrawal of US troops on Biden’s orders.
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a CNN interview broadcast on Sunday that the announcement of Biden’s withdrawal has caused the international community to drop support for his government.
He also defended his decision to flee Afghanistan, claiming that taking a stand was not an option, as it was for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who Ghani said was better able to fight back because of international support for his government’s sovereignty.
“All of NATO, the United States, Australia and other countries have joined Ukraine,” Ghani told Zakaria in an interview aired Sunday morning.
“This was a time in 2021 when support to stay in Afghanistan after President Biden’s decision faded,” he said. “It was an irreversible decision, and people were basically asking, ‘If you’re going to fight another civil war, what’s the end? What is the conclusion?’
First lady Jill also cycled along the beach on Kiawah Island on Sunday morning
Biden stopped to take selfies and talk to bystanders on South Carolina beach on Sunday, August 14, 2022
Biden, however, did not speak to the press about the day’s news, merely telling reporters that he was enjoying his family vacation and making several phone calls.
Ghani declined to say whether he felt “betrayed” by America.
“I don’t use words like that,” he said. “Because our trauma, our pain doesn’t have to be in the direction of betrayal or guilt. We need to focus on what’s ahead of us now. We have to learn lessons from the past and deal with the present.’
“Our country is in a sorry state,” Ghani insisted. “I don’t have the luxury of accusing or betraying myself. Superpowers, great powers decide based on their national interest. I hope they have considered the implications of that.”
On August 15, 2021, Taliban fighters entered the Afghan capital, Kabul, and Ghani fled the country.
On that day, the US completely evacuated diplomats by helicopter from the embassy.
The Taliban invaded Kabul on August 15, 2021 and took over the capital, forcing then-President Ghani to evacuate. Pictured: Taliban fighters sit on an Afghan National Army (ANA) humvee on the day Kabul fell to their troops
By the end of August 2021, a US military C-17 carried the last of US troops out of Afghanistan, marking the formal end of the longest war in US history.
However, the withdrawal came with complications, including the leaving of 100 to 200 Americans and tens of thousands of Afghan allies in Afghanistan.
Thirteen US servicemen were also killed in the withdrawal in a suspected ISIS suicide bombing at Kabul airport.
The withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer was fraught with complications, including the deaths of 13 US servicemen in a suspected ISIS bombing of Kabul airport, along with the abandonment of 100-200 Americans in Afghanistan after the total withdrawal of troops.