Secretary State Antony Blinken departs from a briefing with the House of Representatives on the situation in Afghanistan at the U.S. Capitol on August 24 in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
President Biden said in remarks Tuesday evening that he had asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to give the public “an update and a detailed report on exactly how many Americans are still in Afghanistan, how many we got out and what our projection is.”
Blinken tweeted that he will speak at 12:15 p.m. ET Wednesday “about our efforts to bring Americans home and how we’re supporting the broader evacuation from Afghanistan.”
White House officials have repeatedly said they do not know exactly how many Americans are in Afghanistan.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday that the US doesn’t know the exact figure because some Americans entered the country without registering with the US Embassy in Kabul and others left the country without deregistering.
Despite that, Sullivan said it is the responsibility of the American government to find those Americans, something he insisted the US is doing.
According to a source familiar with an administration “SitRep” report from Tuesday morning, the State Department has contacted all Americans who were registered in Afghanistan and instructed them to report to designated locations for evacuation.
CNN’s Jason Hoffman, Nicole Gaouette and Jennifer Hansler contributed reporting to this post.