“Our message to him is: Thank you for fighting by our side for the last 20 years. Thank you for the role you played in helping a number of my favorite people out of a snowstorm and for all the work you did. And our commitment is enduring, not just to American citizens but to our Afghan partners who have fought by our side,” Psaki said.
“And our efforts and our focus right now is, as you’ve heard Gen. McKenzie say and others say over the last 24 hours, is to the diplomatic phase. We will get you out. We will honor your service. And we’re committed to doing exactly that.”
The Journal first reported earlier Tuesday that Mohammed had helped rescue Biden in 2008 when his helicopter — which was also carrying then-Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusetts — was forced to make an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan because of a snowstorm.
“I can’t leave my house,” he told the Journal. “I’m very scared.”
Still, when asked about the Biden administration’s commitment to helping Afghan allies, Mohammed told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360” Tuesday evening: “I trust him.”
“I trust that he can do everything,” Mohammed said of the President. “He is the President of the United States. He is a man of education.”