EXCLUSIVE: Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., laid into President Biden for spending his weekend on the beach while Americans are nonetheless stranded in Afghanistan.
Cotton campaigned in Iowa this weekend on behalf of Republicans in the Hawkeye State, the place he sat down with Fox News for an unique interview that touched on Afghanistan, the border disaster, the 2024 election and extra.
The president’s weekend trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is “including embarrassment” to “humiliation,” Cotton mentioned.
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“I believe it is a humiliation. Simply including embarrassment to the humiliation of Joe Biden’s reckless abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan,” the Republican senator mentioned.
“He decided to get our troops out of Afghanistan by September 11, which he thought was a politically symbolic date,” Cotton continued. “But it was a tactically disastrous date proper in the center of the combating season because the Taliban had geared as much as combat once more.”
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“And the symbolism turned out to be the Taliban flag flying over what as soon as was the American embassy,” the senator added.
Cotton additionally charged Biden with “including insult to that damage by breaking his phrase” to the Americans who’re at the moment “stranded” in Afghanistan after the army left earlier than evacuating them.
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“To say nothing of all of the inexperienced card holders and their households, and Afghans who served alongside our troops, and who have been vetted and authorized to immigrate to America – who have been left behind in Afghanistan, as nicely – while he additionally introduced, apparently, hundreds of Afghans who had no discernible connection to America or no proper to immigrate right here below our legal guidelines,” Cotton mentioned.
The White House declined to touch upon the senator’s criticism of the administration’s lethal Afghanistan withdrawal that noticed 13 American service members killed in a Kabul suicide bombing final month.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.