White House Says Biden Didn’t Have Time to Mention 13 Dead Service Members in SOTU Speech
President Biden is facing criticism from Gold Star families because he failed during the State of the Union address to honor or even mention the 13 service members who were killed during the botched evacuation of Afghanistan.
And now we know why the fallen service members were snubbed — the White House says they just did not have enough time.
“A speech like the State of the Union is hugely important,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC. “It doesn’t have the time to touch on everything that is a priority.”
Instead of honoring their sacrifice, Biden mentioned his son Beau, who died of cancer — many years ago.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was in the House chamber and rebuked the president for slighting the dead soldiers.
“When Biden said flag draped coffins I couldn’t stay silent. I told him directly he did it. He put 13 in there. Our heroic servicemen and women deserve so much better,” she wrote on Twitter.
There was more than enough time for Biden to mention the fallen service members. He’s the president of the United States. He can speak for as long as his tongue desires.
The truth is that he did not want to mention the soldiers killed in Afghanistan because doing so would remind Americans of yet another failed foreign policy moment that turned into catastrophe.
Here are the Americans who sacrificed their lives on that terrible day in Afghanistan:
Lance Cpl. David Lee Espinoza, Sgt. Nicole Gee, Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss Lance, Cpl. Rylee McCollum, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola;
Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, and Seaman Maxton “Max” Soviak.
Psaki says Biden didn't “have the time” last night to mention our 13 servicemembers killed in Afghanistan— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) March 2, 2022