Citing the situation as one of the “hard choices you face in government,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s decision to not allow charter flights with unvetted passengers from Afghanistan to land on American military bases, due to safety concerns.

While admitting, when pressed by the media, that many of the planes may hold American citizens, Psaki said that they may also hold hundreds of other undocumented Afghan citizens who cannot be properly vetted. 

“They may have several hundred individuals where we don’t have manifests for them, we don’t know what the security protocols are for them, we don’t know what their documentation is,” Psaki said.

“Are we going to allow a plane with hundreds of people where we don’t know who they are, we don’t know what security protocols have been put in place, to land on a U.S. military base,” Psaki added.