Lee Zeldin Demands Joe Biden Resign: Must Have ‘Accountability’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks at a press conference on the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republicans voiced their support for Israel and urged the Biden Administration to intervene. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Candidate for New York governor and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) on Friday added his name to the list of elected Republicans demanding President Joe Biden’s resignation, telling WABC radio that “the worst is to come.”

“I believe that he should resign. There needs to be a heck of a lot of accountability, and I really don’t believe that this president can stay in this position,” Zeldin said. “I don’t think he’s up to the job and I believe that the worst is to come because all of these other nations are watching what’s going on and they’re seeing this vulnerability.”

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of the August 26 twin suicide bombs, which killed scores of people including 13 US troops, at Kabul airport on August 27, 2021. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images)

“The one thing that I’m suspecting here and other people feel the same way, is that the president has a Cabinet, but it seems like he has a shadow Cabinet, too,” Zeldin explained his concerns about those who surround the president. “Because you get information from a Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and others, and it’s not jiving with what the president’s decision is.”

Zeldin specifically singled out State Department Secretary Antony Blinken as a member of Biden’s team who may face termination.

“Somewhere inside of that building, there is a cabal of people who are giving this president some really bad advice,” Zeldin said. “I don’t see how Secretary Blinken can stay on as a Secretary of State.”

US President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaks about the ongoing US military evacuations of US citizens and vulnerable Afghans, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2021. - Biden said Friday he could not guarantee the final outcome of the emergency evacuation from Kabul's airport, calling it one of the most "difficult" airlift operations ever. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaks about the ongoing US military evacuations of US citizens and vulnerable Afghans, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Zeldin’s comments add to the other 16 elected Republicans who have demanded Biden’s resignation over the deadly collapse of Afghanistan, which includes Rep. Jim Banks (ID), Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ), Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY), Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Rep. Lance Gooden (TX), Rep. Byron Donalds (FL), Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX), Rep. Greg Steube (FL), Rep. Mike Garcia (CA), Rep. Jody Hice (GA), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Rep. Vicky Hartzlerand (MO), Rep. Tom Rice (SC), Josh Hawley (MO).

Several other Republicans have called for Biden’s senior administration officials to immediately resign. Those include Reps. Mary Miller (IL), Mike Johnson (LA), Don Bacon (NE), Chris Stewart (UT), and Jackie Walorski (ID).

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