Rep. Elise Stefanik on Kabul Bombings: Joe Biden ‘Unfit’ Leader Who ‘Has Blood on His Hands’

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Afghanistan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on August 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden discussed the ongoing evacuations in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. has evacuated over 70,000 people from the country. (Photo by …
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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) condemned President Joe Biden as an “unfit” leader who “has blood on his hands” after two bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least 13 people, including children and U.S. citizens.

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“Joe Biden has blood on his hands. The buck stops with the President of the United States,” Stefanik, chair of the House Republican Conference, said in a tweet on Thursday.

“This horrific national security and humanitarian disaster is solely he result of Joe Biden’s weak and incompetent leadership. He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief,” she continued.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed an explosion occurred near the Abbey Gate of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, where thousands of people have been congregating in the hopes of escaping Afghanistan by August 31. Another explosion happened near the Baron Hotel, which is near the Abbey Gate. U.S. officials told Reuters at least one of the bombings is believed to be a suicide bombing.

Kirby said the bombings resulted in “a number” of U.S. and civilian casualties, but he did not give a specific number. A Taliban official told Reuters that at least 13 people have died, including children, and local media is reporting that at least 52 people were injured.

Fox News reported four of the casualties were U.S. Marines and that three other U.S. Marines were wounded.

The Afghan broadcaster 1TV News published photos of civilians using wheelbarrows to tend to the injured and people fleeing the scene covered in blood.

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Biden has reportedly been in the Situation Room all morning receiving updates on the bombings and the situation on the ground in Kabul. He also postponed his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.


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