After the evacuation of troops from Afghanistan and the arrival of Hurricane Ida, which killed at least 40 Americans, the White House stated for the first time in nine months that Joe Biden is dealing with “multiple crises.”
During a press conference on Friday, September 3, deputy White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pointed out that Joe Biden “has to deal with multiple crises at the moment,” according to Fox News.
A reporter questioned Jean-Pierre about a number of recent polls that found that while Americans favor of withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan, they do not approve of Biden’s handling of the process.
“Well, let me just say, I know there’s been a lot of polls and conversations about, you know, the different multiple crises the president has to deal with right now. But […] this is the role of the president, right?, to make sure that we keep working. We have addressed multiple crises at the same time,” said Jean-Pierre.
Despite the operation left a few hundred Americans and thousands of Afghan allies behind, Biden described it as an “extraordinary success.”
The situation was disastrous for the United States and Biden received bipartisan criticism for his approach to the withdrawal. Despite prior warnings from the intelligence community and others, his administration was forced to admit that it failed to predict the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan at such a breakneck pace, Business Insider reported.
Biden’s “strong and capable team” was able to adapt fast and work on the Afghan airlift to get as many people out of the country as possible. As a result, Jean-Pierre praised the military departure as an accomplishment, calling it “one of the most historic airlifts that was able to happen.”
The deputy press secretary made no mention of the 13 American soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Kabul, nor of the number of Americans stranded in the country awaiting their return.
In addition to that, Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on Gulf Coast states just days before the US was set to complete its Afghanistan pullout, prompting the administration to begin allocating resources to Mississippi and Louisiana, the two states hardest hit.
After historic rains linked to Hurricane Ida swamped northeastern states on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, at least 43 people have been reported dead.
Jean-Pierre also stated that Hurricane Ida is one of the “different crises” of which Biden is addressing.
In the midst of all of this, Biden’s approval rating fell below 50% for the first time since he took office. According to FiveThirtyEight’s average, it’s currently at 46%.