The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the associated evacuation occurred chaotically because Washington did not want to take out the Americans in advance so as not to demonstrate the possibility of a collapse of power in the republic, said White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.

“It is important to remember that when a mass evacuation begins, it is a signal that the government is on the verge of collapse. If it happened five months ago, or five weeks ago, or this week. We are focused on continuing the work aimed at ensuring that the government has every opportunity to stay in position,” Bedingfield said in an interview with MSNBC.

When asked why U.S. President Joe Biden said back in July that the capture of Kabul by the Taliban was unlikely, Bedingfield said that the intelligence community and the military did not assume that the fall of the Afghan capital would be so fast. “This scenario was not on the president’s desk,” she said.

Bedingfield noted that the administration was ready for any development, including the fall of Kabul, so the military was in the region.

The White House added that the evacuation from Afghanistan continues, planes fly out of Kabul airport regularly, 14 thousand people have been taken out since July, 9 thousand – since the fall of Kabul.