Critics slam Biden’s long-weekend as Afghanistan falls to Taliban

Republican leaders are slamming President Biden for taking a protracted weekend out of the general public eye as major cities fall to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Biden on Thursday sent 3,000 US troops to Kabul to evacuate US embassy employees as the Taliban overran Herat and Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second and third-largest cities — however he hasn’t commented publicly on the disaster since Tuesday.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated Friday that Biden “must immediately focus all efforts on making sure there is a plan to safely extract all American service members and civilians still remaining in Afghanistan.”

“He also owes the American public an answer on what he plans to do to make sure the region doesn’t turn into a breeding ground for more violent extremism that will lead to large-scale global attacks of terrorism,” McCarthy stated.

Chad Gilmartin, a high aide to McCarthy, tweeted Thursday, “President Biden spent about 48 hours working at the White House this week. Biden returned from Delaware Tuesday afternoon and just departed back to Delaware for another long weekend…”

United States President Joe Biden departs from Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC, en route to Wilmington, Delaware
President Joe Biden took no questions as he departed the White House on Thursday afternoon.
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Gilmartin added: “Will President Biden find time during his long weekend vacation to comment on his decision to send 3,000 troops to help evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan?”

The president took no questions as he departed the White House on Thursday afternoon for a visit to his house in Wilmington, Del., and he’s anticipated to stay out of view for days.

Biden on Friday will journey to Camp David in western Maryland to spend the weekend, earlier than returning once more to his house in Wilmington, Del., the place he could take a trip break subsequent week.

Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel, in Kandahar, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Smoke rises after combating between the Taliban and Afghan safety personnel, in Kandahar, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden’s weekend plans on Wednesday, telling reporters, he enjoys the “beautiful scenery there.”

“He likes Camp David. It’s a place to be outside, spend time with family, and certainly has beautiful, beautiful scenery there.”

Biden has defended the US departure. On Tuesday, he stated that the Afghan navy is bigger and better-armed than the Taliban and that “they’ve got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation.”

The mounting disaster comes as the US prepares to take away most troops by Aug. 31 after 20 years of warfare. Although the pullout had bipartisan help — and in addition bipartisan opposition — even supporters of the exit are slamming Biden.

U.S. President Joe Biden
Biden on Friday will journey to Camp David in western Maryland to spend the weekend, earlier than returning once more to his house in Wilmington, Del.
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Former President Donald Trump, who set in movement the withdrawal, said Friday that “I personally had discussions with top Taliban leaders whereby they understood what they are doing now would not have been acceptable.”

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Thursday on Fox News that he was within the room when Trump pointedly knowledgeable a high Taliban negotiator that “your village” was prone to retribution if Americans have been harmed.

The disaster has been seized upon by warfare hawks who clashed with Trump over Afghanistan coverage, together with passing restrictions on his energy to take away troops in December by overriding his veto.

Taliban fighters stand guard inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan,
Taliban fighters stand guard inside town of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Leading hawk Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Thursday that “America’s enemies know that the slogan ‘ending endless war’ actually means unconditional surrender. That is what we are seeing in Afghanistan today. American weakness is dangerously provocative.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated Thursday that “President Biden’s decisions have us hurtling toward an even worse sequel to the humiliating fall of Saigon in 1975.”

McConnell added: “President Biden should immediately commit to providing more support to Afghan forces, starting with close air support beyond August 31st. Without it, al Qaeda and the Taliban may celebrate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by burning down our Embassy in Kabul.”

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