Nowhere to Hide, Joe:
President Adopts Fetal Position as He Crumbles Under Questioning and Tries to Blame Trump for Afghanistan Catastrophe After 13 Troops Were Killed Along With 90 Afghans in ISIS Bomb Attacks
President Biden finally addressed the Kabul bomb attacks on Thursday, eight hours after they happened
Thirteen US troops were slaughtered along with 90 civilians by two ISIS suicide bombers at the airport
The crowd was a ripe target because of the disastrous handling of the US evacuation from Kabul
Thousands have been gathering at the airport for nearly two weeks trying to get out of Afghanistan
Biden had, until last night, refused to take the blame for the shambolic evacuation effort
He said last night that he does take responsibility for the chaos, but that he stands by his decision
The 78-year-old President however became frustrated, gripping his notebook and bowing his head
He seemed to lose track of his words and widen his eyes while taking questions from pre-approved reporters
Critics say he has blood on his hands because his failure to get everyone out efficiently led to the attack
Former President Donald Trump says the attack would never have happened under his leadership
Biden has vowed to continue the US's evacuation of the nearly 1,000 Americans who remain there
He promised to get it done by August 31 - four days - but says he will not 'leave' anyone behind
Canada, Norway, Poland and Holland have all stopped evacuating their citizens
The last of Britain's evacuation flights leave today; the UK government says all single nationality citizens have now been rescued
By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 26 August 2021 | UPDATED: 27 August 2021
Joe Biden crumbled when confronted by reporters with the deaths of 13 troops and 90 people who were slaughtered at Kabul airport on Thursday by two ISIS bomb attacks in the latest tragic episode of his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The 78-year-old President was lost for words at times and and frustrated in others, gripping his notebook and widening his eyes while reporters from a pre-approved list asked him questions for about 30 minutes.
The press conference was at 5pm, nearly eight hours after the two blasts. Biden said nothing all day before the briefing.
When pressed, accepted responsibility for the violence but still stood by his decision to withdraw troops hastily while thousands of Americans remained in the country.
He then tried to blame it all on former President Donald Trump, who made the initial decision to withdraw.
Trump has since claimed the attacks on Thursday would not have happened on his watch, because ISIS and the Taliban were too afraid of the force he would use in retaliation. He has also slammed Biden's team for giving the Taliban a list of Afghan allies they said should be evacuated, calling it a 'kill list' for a group of terrorists who may end up killing them in revenge for their cooperation with the US in the war.
Biden has vowed to hunt down the killers responsible but in the meantime, he still has to get nearly 1,000 Americans out of the country before August 31 - a deadline the Taliban is insisting on.
He didn't know about the kill list when asked at the press conference, but said it 'could exist'.
As has become the norm for Biden, he was given a list of pre-approved journalists to call upon at the press briefing.
Last week, a top cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra, consultant and expert in evidence-based medicine, expressed concerns about Biden's age and mental and physical well being.
REPORTER: "Do you think people have an issue with pulling out of Afghanistan or just the way that things have happened?"
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