White House Press Secretary Announces She’s on Vacation
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki is taking the next week off as the Biden administration continues to be lambasted for its lack of response to the collapse of Afghanistan.
Her boss, President Biden, is also on vacation at Camp David. The president has refused to answer any questions or address the nation about the Taliban’s takeover of the country.
CNN reports that Biden is expected to make some sort of statement in the “coming days.”
Nationally-syndicated radio host Todd Starnes called out the president on Twitter:
“Has President Biden been incapacitated? That’s the only legitimate reason for him not to address the catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan,” the Todd Starnes Show host said.
Questions sent to Paksi were met with an auto-reply email, Fox News reports.
“I will be out of the office from August 15th-August 22nd,” the auto-reply email reads.
After the Taliban reportedly took over the presidential palace in Kabul, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar issued a statement on the declaration of “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” Sunday, the Gateway Pundit reports.
“We have achieved an unexpected victory,” he said. “Now is the time to test, to show how we serve our people and ensure their future in the best possible way.”
Former President Trump called on Biden to resign from office – in part over his disastrous handling of Afghanistan.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” Trump said on Sunday.
Two House Democrats also took to Twitter to blast the Biden administration for how they handled the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota said, “As a Gold Star son of the Vietnam War listening to the White House briefing on the Afghanistan War withdrawal, my heart particularly aches for the thousands of Gold Star families of an eerily similar and painful episode forty-six years later,” referring to Saigon.
“There’s no way to hide it. The situation in Afghanistan is another shame on this admin. Withdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to come to this,” Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas tweeted. “The US must do everything in its power to help our partners & allies to safety & protect our national security.”