The suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the United States's air strike against ISIS-K in the region are expected to dominate this weekend's Sunday shows circuit.
The U.S. evacuation efforts of Americans and Afghan partners in the country were plunged further into turmoil Thursday after a bomb went off near the Kabul international airport. The explosion killed 13 U.S. service members and over 170 Afghans.
The terrorist group ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack, which proved one of the deadliest on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in over a decade. Following the bombing ISIS-K attackers opened fire on citizens and servicemen.
The attack killed 11 Marines, one Navy hospital man and one Army staff sergeant, the Pentagon confirmed Saturday. Many the service members were early-to-mid 20s, meaning they were children when the war began.
President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE vowed later Thursday evening that the U.S. would strike back against the group, stating “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Late Friday evening, the Pentagon said that it conducted an air strike against ISIS-K targets. Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, deputy director of the Joint Staff for regional operations, said Saturday that two “high-profile” ISIS targets were killed, and a third was wounded.
In a statement Saturday, Biden said the strike was "not the last."
"We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay," Biden said.
The Biden administration has vowed to continue evacuation efforts despite the attack as it scrambles to meet its self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline.
A total of 117,000 people have been evacuated since July, of which 5,400 are American citizens. The State Department said Saturday about 350 Americans are still looking to leave Afghanistan, while another 280 have self-identified as American citizens but have not said whether they intend to leave.
Several members of Biden's team will make the rounds on Sunday shows this weekend. National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanSullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: report Biden struggles to rein in Saudi Arabia amid human rights concerns Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — World leaders call for enhanced cooperation to fight wave of ransomware attacks MORE will appear on CBS's "Face the Nation." Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Nearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells Congress Syria's challenge to Tony Blinken's conscience MORE will appear on ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The president has received backlash from both sides of the aisle on the Afghanistan issue. Notably, This week, Reps. Peter MeijerPeter MeijerThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (R-Mich.) and Seth MoultonSeth MoultonHow lawmakers aided the Afghan evacuation GOP lawmaker says he did not threaten US Embassy staff in Tajikistan House panel approves B boost for defense budget MORE (D-Mass.), made an unannounced trip to Kabul to witness the situation on the ground. The two both served in the U.S. military.
The congressmen will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) has been vocal about his opposition to Biden's decisions on Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the senator told Newsmax that Biden deserved to be impeached.
Graham will appear on "Face The Nation."
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s “Sunday talk shows”
ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Fauci says it's recommended to get same vaccine for COVID-19 boosters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseNearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells Congress Trump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Invoking 'Big Tech' as an accusation can endanger American security MORE, R-Neb.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Blinken; Fauci; H.R. McMaster, a former national security adviser.
CBS’s “Face the Nation" — National security adviser Jake Sullivan; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence; Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; Reps. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., and Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; Sens. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats look for plan B on filibuster The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Democrats struggle to sell Biden plan amid feuding MORE, D-Conn., and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIn Montana, a knock-down redistricting fight over a single line Trump-backed bills on election audits, illegal voting penalties expected to die in Texas legislature The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government MORE, R-Utah; Roya Rahmani, a former Afghan ambassador to the United States; Yasmeen Hassan, global executive director of Equality Now.
“Fox News Sunday” — Sullivan; Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE, R-Ky.
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastEighth House GOP lawmaker issued 0 fine for not wearing mask on House floor Reps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE (R-FL), House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), Committee on Armed Services; Stephen MillerStephen MillerTrump Defense chief blocked idea to send 250,000 troops to border: report Dave Chappelle refuses to be cancelled White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE, Founder, America First Legal; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House 'grinches' for Christmas delays MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader; Larry Elder, California Gubernatorial Candidate