Taliban fighters are closing in on Kabul, while American reinforcements are expected to arrive in the country, which was supposed to see the U.S. gone by August 31.
As the Bidens were departing from Delaware Air National Guard, the White House sent out a statement saying the president had been briefed about ‘the ongoing efforts to safely drawdown the civilian footprint in Afghanistan.’
The statement said the president will be briefed again once he arrives at Camp David.
The first lady was spotted with a walking boot and crutch, marking the first time she’s been seen publicly since she injured her foot on a Hawaii beach.
She sported a white Michael Kors sundress and wore a sneaker on her uninjured right foot.
Three days after Dr. Biden returned from her whirlwind trip to Alaska, the Tokyo Olympics and Hawaii, she traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to have a puncture wound cleaned out of her foot.
First lady Jill Biden (right) is helped onboard Marine One by President Joe Biden (left) wearing a walking boot on her left leg and using a crutch. She was at Walter Reed more than two weeks ago getting a puncture wound cleaned out of her foot
President Joe Biden (left) puts his arm on the back of first lady Jill Biden (right) who was seen publicly Friday for the first time since she injured her foot on a Hawaii beach during her whirlwind trip to Alaska, the Tokyo Olympics and Hawaii
Dr. Jill Biden (center) walks with a crutch and a boot after sustaining a foot injury while on a beach late last month in Hawaii
The Bidens left for Camp David from Wilmington Friday as the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is turning into a mess. Here Taliban fights stand guard inside the city of Ghazni, which is to the southwest of the capital, Kabul
Meanwhile in Kandahar, which is southwest of Kabul, smoke can be seen after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel
She hasn’t been seen publicly since the June 29 visit to the hospital, though participated in a video call last weekend with Team USA in Wilmington alongside her husband.
‘The First Lady underwent a successful procedure on her left foot to flush out debris from a puncture wound. After inspection of the wound by medical staff, it is unclear what object caused the puncture. The wound is now clean, free of infection and it is anticipated that it will heal nicely,’ said her spokesman Michael LaRosa that night, as she and the president returned to the White House.
The president flew Marine One to Walter Reed to pick her up, and they traveled back to 1600 Pennsylvania in a motorcade, out of photographers’ grasp.
Before leaving Biden told reporters, ‘I’m late for a very important date.’
Originally, Dr. Biden’s spokesperson said, ‘Last weekend, prior to her two official events in Hawaii, the First Lady stepped on an object on the beach which became lodged in her left foot.’
‘She will undergo a procedure today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the object. The President will join her.’
First lady Jill Biden is photographed leaving Hawaii on Sunday. She wore a pair of wedged espadrilles throughout the day – and on the flight back. She later had to go to Walter Reed to have an object removed from her foot that she stepped on at the beach
President Joe Biden stops to talk to reporters as he departs for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland to be with the first lady who’s getting an object removed from her left foot. ‘I’m late for a very important date,’ he told reporters as he left
President Joe Biden is captured arriving at Walter Reed on July 29 to be with the first lady as she gets an object dislodged from her foot after stepping on something on a beach in Hawaii last weekend
Marine One is seen landing at Walter Reed Thursday night as President Joe Biden flew to the medical facility where first lady Jill Biden is getting an object removed from her left foot, according to her spokesman
First lady Jill Biden is photographed at the first of two events she attended Sunday in Hawaii. Her spokesman said she had to go to Walter Reed to have an object dislodged from her foot after stepping on something on the beach in Hawaii during her down time there
In Hawaii, first lady Jill Biden takes in a hula performance at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at a barbecue for military members and their families in which the first lady talked about her Joining Forces initiative
A child grabs on to first lady Jill Biden’s lei at a barbecue Sunday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This was the second of two events she attended in Hawaii before flying back to Washington, D.C.
First lady Jill Biden is captured directly before departing Hawaii on Sunday, receiving a glass enclosed ship from Admiral John Aquilino, the commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command. She wore a pair of wedge espadrilles throughout the day and wasn’t limping
Dr. Biden spent time in Hawaii after leaving Tokyo, Japan where she cheered on Team USA athletes and attended the opening ceremony of the Tokyo summer Olympics.
The first lady held vaccine advocacy events in both Anchorage, Alaska – en route to Japan – and then Honolulu, Hawaii – on the way back to Washington, D.C.
After Biden landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Saturday afternoon, she had nearly 24 hours to relax in Hawaii before her first event Sunday.
Biden peeled off from reporters and stayed at the Presidential Cottage at Marine Base Kaneohe.
The first lady wasn’t limping when she held events at Waipahu High School and later, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
She wore a pair of platform espadrilles.
At the first event, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the high school, Biden witnessed two teenagers getting their second doses of the Pfizer vaccine before making remarks in the school library.
There she spoke about the vaccine push – and also thanked teachers for doing all they could to teach students virtually last year.
‘As a teacher, I did my best to create a sense of community in my virtual class last year. But some things can’t be replaced,’ she said. ‘And that’s especially true for students who missed out on sports, and proms, and school plays.’
‘When we lost these connections, our world felt a little darker—a little colder,’ she continued. ‘Now, doesn’t the time we spend with those we care about fill us with even more joy?’ the first lady added.
Biden then attended an afternoon barbecue on base with attendees representing all six branches of the military, including Space Force.
There she talked about the Obama-era Joining Forces initiative that she’s since brought back to life.
The first lady was treated to a hula performance – and then walked around to every table saying hi to military members and their families.
Biden had the same wedges on when she arrived Monday morning at Joint Base Andrews to conclude the trip.
The outing marked the first lady’s first solo trip abroad since the Biden administration came into office in January.
In Japan, the first lady played the role of diplomat as well – dining with Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko when she first arrived.
Biden then participated in a solo event Friday morning with Mariko Suga – an incense lesson at Akasaka Palace – before later heading to the Imperial Palace for a reception with Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
From the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Biden held a Zoom call with Team USA – since COVID-19 protocols prevented a meeting in person.
On Saturday she also hosted embassy staff there for a watch party to see Team USA play Mexico in softball.
Biden attended Friday night’s opening ceremony in Tokyo and returned to Olympics’ venues Saturday to watch women’s 3×3 basketball against France, several races with U.S. swimmers and then the women’s soccer match against New Zealand – before flying overnight to Honolulu.
In April, the president accompanied the first lady to an outpatient facility near George Washington Hospital for ‘a common medical procedure.’
The president injured his foot before inauguration playing with the couple’s dog Major.
President Joe Biden helps first lady Jill Biden to their car after the first lady went to an appointment for a ‘common medical procedure’ in April
First lady Jill Biden (left) poses for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center) and his wife Mariko (right) Thursday night in Tokyo. It’s custom for them to be in bare feet