President Biden grilled on USA’s withdrawal from Afghanistan
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Joe Biden fielded questions from reporters in his first press conference on Afghanistan following a week off as the trouble in the country unfolded. But concerned viewers took to Twitter worried for the US head of state believing he was “not well” as he delivered a monotone pre-prepared speech which was taken unfavourably. Mr Biden was also late to the conference and appeared to also have a pre-prepared list of reporters to call on as he told one journalist he had heard none of his allies criticise his decision to withdraw.
Writer Carmine Sabia took to Twitter after watching the press conference and was concerned about the US President.
He wrote: “I don’t care who you are, Joe Biden is not well.
“If you are watching this it is plain to see this guy is not well, this may be the worst performance I’ve ever seen.”
During his press conference, Mr Biden referred to his Secretary of Defence as “General” rather than his current title.
Mr Biden also revealed he has “made an agreement” with the Taliban to allow US citizens through checkpoints after reports they were being blocked from entering Kabul airport.
Joe Biden held a press conference on Afghanistan (Image: Getty)
Joe Biden was attacked for his performance (Image: Sky News)
He also claimed he has not been criticised by any of his allies across the world despite many taking to the media to criticise the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Others also tweeted he did not look right as his handlers stood close by.
One Twitter user added: “Trump was a caricature, Biden is an ill man. I’ll take the caricature.”
US Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said: “Joe Biden is not well. Americans are in harm’s way behind enemy lines because the President of the United States is unfit for office.”
GB News presenter Andrew Neil also found discrepancies in his statements and said: “Biden says all Americans are getting to the airport. Then he says US forces might need to go into Kabul to get them. Both statements can’t be true.”
Joe Biden ‘confused’ in Stephanopoulos chat says host
Joe Biden was also criticised for his ABC interview (Image: ABC)
Senator Marsha Blackburn also found a contradiction and said: “Joe Biden said there is ‘no circumstance’ where Americans have been blocked from the Kabul airport.
“This is a lie. My office has received reports of Americans unable to enter the airport. We have told the State Department and nothing has been done about it.”
Decorated veteran and best-selling author Sean Parnell was also concerned about Mr Biden’s leadership and added: “I’m more convinced now than ever before that Joe Biden doesn’t have what it takes to handle the job of Commander in Chief.
“I have no confidence whatsoever in his ability to lead the rescue of over 10,000 Americans who are stranded and surrounded by the enemy in Afghanistan. He’s unfit.”
Mr Biden has repeatedly come under fire for his public appearances and statements as political pundits grow concerned over his ability to govern.
During an ABC interview on Wednesday, Mr Biden wrongfully claimed no one had died around Kabul airport despite at least 12 deaths being confirmed at the time of the interview.
Joe Biden also quickly exited once he answered questions (Image: Getty)
Mr Biden told ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos “We have control of the airport now” to which the reporter said there was still “a lot of pandemonium” outside of the airport.
The President replied: “Oh, there is, but no one’s being killed right now.
“God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”
Two men fell from the sky after they held onto the outside of a departing aeroplane.
A 14-year-old girl was also killed in the stampede towards Kabul airport.
The US President also came under fire for claiming no allies have questioned the US’ “credibility” over the Afghan exit during Friday’s televised press conference.
Sky News’s Mark Stone said: “(Biden) said I have seen no question of our credibility. Extraordinary – just plain wrong. Openly there has been criticism in London, Paris, Berlin. Brussels in NATO. There’s deep unease in the way this operation has unfolded.”