President Joe Biden is being hammered by critics on both sides of the aisle over his silence and absence over the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Biden ordered a complete pullout of the U.S. from Afghanistan in April. In the past week, the Taliban has conquered multiple major cities across the country and entered the nation’s capital of Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled on Sunday morning, all but sealing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
While the Taliban have blitzed across Afghanistan in the wake of U.S. military forces pulling out, Biden has been absent from Washington.
The president left the capital on Thursday for Camp David, the presidential retreat, and has been there since. Biden, notably, did not take questions from reporters about Afghanistan before he left.
“Why is Joe Biden in hiding? He should immediately address the nation and answer for the catastrophic situation in Afghanistan. Conference calls between cabinet secretaries and senators don’t cut it in a crisis,” Republican Sen Tom Cotton said.
“America’s in crisis. Afghanistan’s in chaos. Why’s Joe Biden on vacation?” Republican Rep. Jim Jordan posted.
Republican Rep. Jim Banks added, “On the conference call briefing for members of Congress with Biden officials. It’s clear the Biden administration was caught unprepared, didn’t anticipate this catastrophe and the President is hiding & asleep at the wheel.”
On Sunday, the White House tweeted a photo of Biden alone in a situation room at Camp David as he was briefed about the “drawdown” in Afghanistan. They failed to mention, however, the disastrous situation on the ground.
The Afghanistan government has collapsed, effectively cementing the Taliban’s rule over the country, the first time the Taliban has been in such a position in the past two decades since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001. The Taliban is expected to announce that Afghanistan is now the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”
Consistent with the Biden Administrations tendency to hide from the real issues, White House Press Secretary conveniently decided to take a break from her duties while the Taliban quickly seizes control of Afghanistan.
Fox News reportedly sent questions to Psaki’s White House email address Sunday morning and received an auto-reply.
Hours later, on Sunday evening, Fox News attempted once again to reach the White House spokeswoman. The same auto-reply, stating that the voice of the White House would not be available for the next week, was sent.
“I will be out of the office from August 15th-August 22nd,” read the email returned to Fox News. Instead, Psaki’s reply directs the press to reach out to other press officers in her absence.
As a result of the Biden admin’s lack of transparency and leadership as the world watches Afghanistan fall into the hands of the Taliban, many are wondering when Biden will address the nation. The hashtag “WhereisBiden?” was trending on Twitter as users questioned his absence.
The president is seemingly taking a more relaxed approach as he will reportedly not be addressing the nation for another few days.
Former White House Doctor Ronny Jackson was so outraged by Biden’s absence during this time of crisis that he called on him to resign.
Jackson tweeted, saying the situation was “OUTRAGEOUS! Biden needs to address the nation TONIGHT.”
“If he’s not mentally capable of handling this crisis, he needs to resign IMMEDIATELY,” Jackson continued. “America deserves better than this – OUR VETERANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS! Come out of hiding at Camp David and do your damn job!”
Author: Zach Miller