President Joe Biden is rapidly gaining a reputation as an absentee commander in chief, apparently preferring to spend his time just about anywhere other than the White House, and his decision to depart D.C. yet again over the Labor Day weekend drew substantial criticism from Republicans, as Fox News notes.
According to the New York Post, Biden was slated to make tracks for Wilmington in his home state of Delaware this past Friday after paying a visit to storm-ravaged Louisiana, notching yet another weekend away from Washington, as he has done with surprising frequency since taking office.
It was not long, however, before Republicans began taking the president to task for embarking on a holiday weekend getaway while the crisis stemming from his decision to hastily withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan continued to burn.
Former chief of staff in the Trump White House, Mark Meadows, declared in a tweet on Saturday, “American citizens are still stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, and meanwhile, Joe Biden is vacationing in Delaware.”
Adding a bit of specificity to the concern about Biden’s absence from the White House amid the ongoing disaster abroad,. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) painted a picture in contrasts, saying, “Joe Biden will be spending his weekend on vacation in Delaware. Roughly 100 Americans will be spending their weekend abandoned in Afghanistan.”
In fact, the situation involving Americans still stuck in Afghanistan, seemingly at the whim of the Taliban, may even be more substantial than Rep. Brooks indicated, as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said on Sunday that the number of those being prevented from leaving the country is actually much higher, as the Washington Examiner noted.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, McCaul said, “We have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now.”
Though Biden chief of staff Ron Klain claimed that the number of Americans in Afghanistan came to roughly 100, McCaul asserted that the true figure is larger, saying, “I’ve been given the answer in the classified space, but it’s in the hundreds.”
Wryly observing that Afghanistan was not the only reason Biden’s holiday break was so terribly ill-advised, conservative commentator Stephen L. Miller reminded his Twitter followers that parts of the south were still suffering mightily from the effects of Hurricane Ida and could perhaps use a bit of the president’s attention, remarking, “New Orleans without power still or are we not doing the Ted Cruz comparisons anymore?”