Republican lawmakers on Thursday ramped up their criticism of President Joe Biden’s handling of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, following news that U.S. troops and Afghans had been killed in attacks at Kabul’s airport.
‘Joe Biden has blood on his hands. … He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.’
— Rep. Elise Stefanik
Also among the Republicans blasting Biden were Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, who said Thursday’s “tragedy is the direct result of the failure of this incompetent withdrawal plan.” In addition, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said: “You are the Commander-in-Chief, sir; reverse course and fight for our people.”
At least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. service members were killed by suicide bombers and gunmen outside Kabul airport, according to American officials.
Biden on Thursday delayed by a day his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as he met with his national security team on the situation Afghanistan. He was due to give a speech at 5 p.m. Eastern.
Biden’s approval rating has fallen this month and stood at 47% as of Thursday, while disapproval of his performance was at 49%, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. Analysts have said Biden’s waning popularity helps Republicans look increasingly well-positioned to make gains in next year’s midterm elections.
Some Democrats have criticized Biden as well, but other members of his party have come to his defense in recent days. Veteran strategist James Carville spoke up for the president in an MSNBC interview on Wednesday night.
“There’s no elegant way to lose a war. We lost this war 15 years ago. All Joe Biden was doing was just telling us what time it is,” Carville said.