Joe Biden Forgoes Trip to Delaware Amid Backlash, Building Pressure Over Afghanistan

President Joe Biden postponed a trip to his home in Delaware on Friday amid backlash and pressure over his decisions regarding Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.

The announcement came from the White House hours before Biden was to discuss what was happening with the evacuation of American citizens and allies remaining in Afghanistan. Biden has received criticism over his decisions to pull soldiers out of Afghanistan, among other things, which led to the Taliban taking over the U.S.-backed government.

There were no details or explanations for the changes to Biden's schedule, which were announced near the end of a two-week vacation he had planned to spend in Delaware.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Joe Biden Forgoes Trip to Delaware
President Joe Biden postponed a trip to his home in Delaware on Friday amid backlash and pressure over his decisions regarding Afghanistan. Above, Biden arrives at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington from Camp David on August 17, 2021. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

The U.S.-led evacuation effort has been complicated by a range of obstacles, from armed Taliban manning checkpoints to airport pandemonium to cumbersome red tape.

Though the pace of evacuations has picked up, tens of thousands of people are still waiting to leave. Biden has set an August 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

He was now expected to head to Wilmington on Saturday and stay through the weekend.

The news of Friday's change was announced minutes before the small group of reporters, and some White House aides, who accompany the president were set to head to Delaware to be in position to watch the Marine One military helicopter arrive with the president.

Biden had planned to spend a couple of weeks away from the White House, starting earlier this month, as most presidents try to do in August, a traditional vacation month in Washington.

He left the nation's capital as the Senate debated a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and returned to the White House to take a victory lap after the measure passed on a big bipartisan vote.

As the Taliban continued its takeover of key Afghan cities, Biden went to the official Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, which is where he was when the Afghan government collapsed last weekend.

Under pressure to comment, Biden returned to the White House on Monday and addressed the nation before he returned to Camp David.

He flew back to the White House on Tuesday night to be interviewed on Wednesday about the situation in Afghanistan by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

Biden remained at the White House with plans to leave on Friday—before he changed the plan again.

Joe Biden Forgoes Trip to Delaware
President Joe Biden postponed a trip to his home in Delaware on Friday amid backlash and pressure over his decisions regarding Afghanistan. Above, Biden gestures as he delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House on August 18, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images