On Friday and Saturday, Republicans slammed President Biden for spending his Labor Day weekend in Delaware amid the chaos unfolding after the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan.
On Friday, the president flew from Louisiana, where he observed the devastation of New Orleans suburbs after Hurricane Ida, to his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. The president is expected to assess hurricane damage in New York and New Jersey on Tuesday.
“American citizens are still stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, and meanwhile Joe Biden is on vacation in Delaware,” former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in a statement. tweet Saturday.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Has also targeted the president for his weekend trip.
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“About 100 Americans will spend their abandoned weekend in Afghanistan,” the congressman tweeted on Friday.
Other Republican and Conservative experts also intervened:
Karine Jean-Pierre, deputy White House press secretary, told reporters at a press conference on Friday that Biden was facing “different and multiple crises.”
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” Most […] that’s the president’s role, right? To make sure we keep working. We have faced several crises at the same time, ”she said.
The State Department estimates that fewer than 250 Americans remain stranded in the country after the last American troops left before August 31. Other lawmakers and institutions believe that thousands of other Afghan allies, including special immigrant visa (SIV) holders, are seeking evacuation.