(USA Features) Joe Biden headed to the presidential retreat at Camp David early Friday for a long weekend even as Afghanistan government forces succumb to the Taliban onslaught in province after province on their way to the capital of Kabul, drawing the ire of Republicans.
On Thursday, Biden ordered 3,000 troops to the capital to help effect the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy there and its staff, even as Taliban fighters overran Herat and Kandahar, the country’s second- and third-largest cities.
However, Biden has not commented on the crisis since Tuesday, the New York Post reported.
On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the president “must immediately focus all efforts on making sure there is a plan to safely extract all American service members and civilians still remaining in Afghanistan.”
“He also owes the American public an answer on what he plans to do to make sure the region doesn’t turn into a breeding ground for more violent extremism that will lead to large-scale global attacks of terrorism,” McCarthy added.
A top aide to McCarthy, Chad Gilmartin, tweeted Thursday, “President Biden spent about 48 hours working at the White House this week. Biden returned from Delaware Tuesday afternoon and just departed back to Delaware for another long weekend…”
He added: “Will President Biden find time during his long weekend vacation to comment on his decision to send 3,000 troops to help evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan?”
Also, Biden did not take any questions from the press as he left the White House for his Wilmington, Del., home on Thursday. Also, he’s expected to remain out of touch for most of the weekend, The Post added.
“Biden on Friday will travel to Camp David in western Maryland to spend the weekend, before returning again to his home in Wilmington, where he may take a vacation break next week,” The Post reported.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden’s weekend trip to Camp David, saying that he enjoys the “beautiful scenery there.”
“He likes Camp David. It’s a place to be outside, spend time with family, and certainly has beautiful, beautiful scenery there,” she told reporters.
In an email blast, former President Donald Trump, who set in motion withdrawing from the country under certain conditions, said that what is taking place in Afghanistan now would not have happened under his watch.
“I personally had discussions with top Taliban leaders whereby they understood what they are doing now would not have been acceptable,” he said, The Post reported.
In a Friday tweet, the former president could not help gloating somewhat, either.
“Tragic mess in Afghanistan, a completely open and broken Border, Crime at record levels, oil prices through the roof, inflation rising, and taken advantage of by the entire world–DO YOU MISS ME YET?” Trump said in a statement that was tweeted by his director of communications, Margo Martin.
Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News on Thursday that there was a plan for withdrawing in an orderly manner.
“We had a conditions-based plan for how we would get our young men and women back home,” he said.
“We were going to get our soldiers back, and we were going to make sure that this kind of thing you are seeing happened today could not happen, which is a breeding ground for what could potentially be terror attacks coming from this very place,” he added.