White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not give any comments when the media started reporting about the resignation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the seizure of Kabul by the Taliban. As several media outlets found out, Psaki was unreachable with her email sending out auto-responses that she “will be out of the office from August 15th-August 22nd”.
Joe Biden was also notably absent when the news about the Taliban seizing power in Afghanistan arrived, giving no comments as to what Washington plans to do about the emerging Islamic Emirate.
Her absence, when a regime change is taking place in Afghanistan as the US struggles to evacuate its last remaining personnel there, sparked criticism online. House Republican Marsha Blackburn suggested that the top White House spokeswoman should be available at such a “precarious time”.
One of the Twitter users suggested that regardless of whether Psaki had a week off or not, she should have returned to her post as soon as the news broke.
Others sarcastically noted that she’s had a lot of work lately and deserved to have some days without the need to comment on US foreign policy failures.
One Twitterian suggested that Jen Psaki is not the only one that can handle the job of covering for the Biden administration.