How to Watch Biden Speech Today: Time, Live Stream for President's Afghanistan Address

President Joe Biden will give a second address to the nation about the situation in Afghanistan on Friday, specifically offering information about Americans who have yet to be evacuated.

Biden faced significant backlash for his strategy for leaving Afghanistan amid chaotic scenes at the Kabul airport and the Taliban's rapid takeover of the country. A major point being made by critics of the strategy is that American troops pulled out before evacuating Afghan allies and failed to secure the safe departure of American citizens.

The President is scheduled to speak to the nation at 1 p.m. ET from the East Room of the White House. His remarks will be broadcast live on television and online on C-Span, as well as on the White House's YouTube channel.

Given the relevance of the topic and the scarcity of public comments Biden has made on the subject, it's likely news networks will pause their coverage to broadcast Biden's remarks.

Biden's remarks are expected to focus on the evacuation of American citizens and their families, special immigrant visa holders and their families, and Afghans who are particularly vulnerable under the Taliban rule.

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President Joe Biden will address the evacuation of Americans and our allies in Afghanistan today at 1 p.m. Biden gestures as he delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program in the East Room of the White House on August 18 in Washington, D.C. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

About 7,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul since Saturday, according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby. However, Kirby said on Thursday that he's unsure how many Americans remain in Afghanistan because Americans aren't required to register that they're in a foreign country.

"The president has committed, we will get every American who wants to get out, out of Afghanistan. And we are working to move as many of our allies — who helped us, who stood by us, who helped our servicemen and women — get out as possible," White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield told CNN on Friday morning.

Along with dealing with throngs of people at the gates of the airport hoping to get on a flight out of the country, personnel running the evacuation mission have to figure out how to get people to the airport. With Taliban checkpoints set up, the American embassy in Afghanistan advised Americans that it cannot secure safe passage to the airport. So, the United States is largely reliant on an agreement with the Taliban that Americans will be allowed to safely travel to the airport.

While Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the government doesn't have the current capability of extending operations past the airport, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered a brighter assessment. When asked about evacuating people who are behind Taliban lines, Milley told reporters the military has the "capability to do other things if necessary," but that it would require a policy decision to be made.

The Biden administration has been pushed to ensure that not only Americans but also Afghans who helped the U.S. during the war, are able to leave the country. Milley said the U.S. will "get as many out as possible," but the State Department acknowledged the Taliban was preventing some from reaching the airport.

"We have seen reports that the Taliban, contrary to their public statements and their commitments to our government, are blocking Afghans who wish to leave the country from reaching the airport," Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said.

Complicating evacuations is that the United States is up against a looming deadline. Biden extended former President Donald Trump's May 1 withdrawal agreement with the Taliban to August 31 and wouldn't commit to remaining in the country past that point. If America can ramp up evacuations to 5,000 or 7,000 people a day, Biden told ABC News's George Stephanopolous there will be no need to remain in the country past that deadline.

"If we don't, we'll determine at the time who's left," Biden said.