White House CUTS Biden's mic after President is asked if he plans to rescue trapped Americans after Afghan deadline

JOE Biden's microphone appeared to be cut off by the White House after he was asked if he plans to rescue stranded Americans once his August 31 deadline expires.

Officials estimate that around 1,500 citizens are trying to flee the country but Americans have been told to stay away from Kabul airport amid fears of a potential ISIS terrorist attack.


Biden was finishing a cybersecurity briefing on Wednesday when reporters started shouting questions at the president.

NBC journalist Peter Alexander asked: “If Americans are still in Afghanistan after the deadline, what will you do?”

Biden quipped: "You’ll be the first person I call" but the White House had already cut the audio.

The president gave a rye smile as he looked at the camera while continuing to flick through his briefing papers, MailOnline reports.

Alexander confirmed on social media that the president answered his question.

Americans were warned not to travel to Kabul airport as fears of a potential terrorist attack continue to rise.

An alert from the US Embassy in the Afghan capital said: "Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising US citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a US government representative to do so."

The warning was related to threats involving ISIS and potential vehicle bombs, the Associated Press reports.

A defense official told CNN that Washington has received a "very specific threat stream" of intelligence related to potential attacks.

Desperate Afghans have reportedly been told to run for the border amid fears of an attack by the Taliban’s rival group ISIS-K.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there's "no deadline" on the evacuation mission as Biden's self-imposed deadline creeps closer, Fox News reported.

TERROR ATTACK FEARS

He told reporters that there were 6,000 Americans who wanted to leave and said 4,500 of them have been evacuated within the last 10 days.

Blinken estimated that around 82,000 people have been evacuated since August 14.

Biden continues to be criticized for his timetable that will see US troops pulled out of the country by August 31.

It’s reported that “traumatized” American soldiers are struggling to meet the deadline.

Fox journalist Jennifer Griffin said: "He (Biden) doesn't seem to understand what it takes to evacuate people, the buildup, the time needed, the number of people that he has promised that he was going to get out.

She said troops have been given an “impossible task” as they work around the clock.

Biden told Americans on Tuesday that the US military is “on track” to meet the deadline but it's dependent on the Taliban's cooperation.

He said that "any American who wants to get home will get home" but warned the situation remains "tenuous".

Thousands of people are attempting to flee Afghanistan as they try to escape the Taliban's ruthless rule – with fears of mass executions, torture, reprisals, and oppression.

Terror chiefs have previously warned "there will be consequences" if the Western forces cross the "red line" and don't leave by August 31.


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