Sunday shows preview: Biden defends troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; COVID-19 impacting unvaccinated pockets

Sunday shows preview: Biden defends troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; COVID-19 impacting unvaccinated pockets
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President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE’s defense of U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan and the administration’s push to get more people vaccinated amid spread of coronavirus variants are topics expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows. 

Biden, in remarks from the White House this week, confirmed that the administration’s full U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will be complete by Aug. 31, ahead of his original deadline of Sept. 11 —  the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked America’s longest war. 

However, recent territorial gains by the Taliban have exacerbated fears that the organization will gain control over the country in the absence of a U.S. military presence. 

As of Friday, the Taliban claimed to have control of over 85 percent of Afghanistan. 

Biden on Thursday defended the accelerated timeline for a troop withdrawal, explaining, “our military commanders advised me that once I made the decision to end the war, we needed to move swiftly to conduct the main elements of the drawdown. And in this context, speed is safety.” 

The president also pushed back on the possibility of a complete Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, saying Thursday, “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” 

Despite this confidence from the commander in chief, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby acknowledged in a CNN interview Friday that there has been “a deteriorating security situation” in Afghanistan as the Taliban “continues to take district centers.” 

Kirby is scheduled to appear on “Fox News Sunday” this week. 

National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Sen. Hawley's 'holds' on Biden nominees are hostage-taking, not policymaking Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE will appear on NBC's "Meet The Press." 

The U.S. has also seen a continued decline of coronavirus vaccination rates and an increase in disease in unvaccinated pockets in the country. 

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the highly transmissible delta variant first identified in India now accounts for the majority of current COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

States with relatively low vaccination rates, including Missouri and Arkansas, this week reported new highs in part due to the delta variant. 

Both Missouri and Arkansas each reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for the third straight day on Friday. 

In Missouri, about 46 percent of its population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with about 43 percent in Arkansas at least partially vaccinated, according to CDC data

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Pfizer results offer hope amid worsening pandemic for children The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and chief White House medical adviser, said last weekend that more than 99 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 in June had not been vaccinated

Fauci is set to make a round of appearances on this week’s Sunday talk shows, with interviews scheduled on ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to be on this week’s Sunday talk shows: 

ABC’s “This Week” — Fauci; Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill MORE (R-Ark.); Eric Adams, Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — National security adviser Jake Sullivan; Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (R-Ill.).

CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Fauci; United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci, Adams, Kinzinger; Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.).

“Fox News Sunday” — Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas); Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby.

FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Zeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (R-N.Y.), House Foreign Affairs Committee; Mike PompeoMike PompeoWashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability Majority of voters disapprove of execution of Afghanistan withdrawal: poll MORE, Former Secretary of State, FOX News Contributor; Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE; Charlie Kirk, Founder and President, Turning Point USA; Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzHow to mess with Texas' anti-abortion bounty? Apply it to gun sales Those calls to impeach Biden: As wrong as they were with Trump Larry David, Alan Dershowitz get into verbal altercation at grocery store MORE. Author, “Cancel Culture: The Latest Attack on Free Speech and Due Process.”