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Biden says evacuation efforts could extend beyond Aug. 31

As part of wide-ranging marks intended to explain and defend his administration's handling of the crisis that has unfolded in Kabul, President Biden said on Sunday that U.S. evacuation efforts could be extended past Aug. 31.

Why it matters: Biden sought to address criticisms of nearly every aspect of the White House response to the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan's capital on Aug. 14, touching on why the administration will use commercial airlines to help relocate evacuees and the protocols in place to ensure that Afghans arriving to the U.S. have been thoroughly vetted.

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