House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy is blasting President Biden for “turning his back” on his presidential duties as the commander-in-chief — as thousands of Americans and allies remain stranded in Afghanistan with less than seven days before the deadline for troops to be out.
“He made us wait a number of hours and then touted a $5 trillion liberal wishlist that will increase greater inflation and transform our country in the worst way possible,” McCarthy said during a press briefing on Wednesday, referring to Biden’s remarks Tuesday evening.
“The most embarrassing part though, was that he refused to take questions, and he turned his back and walked away — an image that has come to define him and his presidency,” the California Republican said.
“He turned his back on our own citizens stranded in Afghanistan, he’s turned our back on our allies and partners, he’s turned his back on his duties as commander in chief,” McCarthy continued.
Biden on Tuesday said he would abide by his deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan by Aug. 31 — in light of the Taliban warning that any effort to extend the evacuation operation would be considered a “red line” and would provoke “consequences.”
The President added, however, that he has asked defense officials to put together “contingency plans” for keeping American forces on the ground in Afghanistan beyond the end of this month, in the event that there are still people who haven’t been rescued.