(USA Features) President Joe Biden was called out by a former top Trump administration official after promising that victims of Hurricane Ida would not be left behind or forgotten.
“Joe Biden just told hurricane survivors they ‘won’t be left behind,’ which would be comforting words had he not just said the exact same thing last week, and then turned his back—leaving hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan,” onetime White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tweeted Thursday.
Joe Biden just told hurricane survivors they “won’t be left behind,” which would be comforting words had he not just said the exact same thing last week, and then turned his back—leaving hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan. Then and now. Biden’s words are empty.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) September 2, 2021
“Then and now. Biden’s words are empty,” Meadows added.
Meadows’ remarks come after Biden was also blasted for his deadly, disorganized withdrawal from Afghanistan after he also failed to make sure all Americans got out of the country first, even though he and members of his administration promised multiple times that they would get U.S. citizens out before a Taliban-imposed Aug. 31 deadline.
On Thursday, Biden addressed Americans living along the Gulf Coast, where Ida first made landfall.
My message to the people of the Gulf Coast, who I’m going to visit tomorrow: We are here for you,” Biden said in a statement. “And we’re making sure the response and recovery is equitable so that those hit hardest get the resources they need and are not left behind.”
Reports have said at least 43 people were killed following historic rains and storm damage linked to Hurricane Ida, which also flooded northeastern states Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
“We want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the first responders and everyone working through the night well into the morning to save lives and get power back,” the president said.
“There’s a lot of damage. I made clear to the governors: My team at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is on the ground ready to provide all the assistance that’s needed,” said Biden.
Regarding his pullout from Afghanistan, several other Republicans ripped Biden as well, including several who called on him to resign after leaving Americans stranded.
“We are duty-bound to get every American citizen out. We’re honor-bound to get those Afghans who fought along our side out,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said last month 10 days ahead of the pullout deadline.
“And here’s what I would say: If we leave any Americans behind, if we leave thousands of those Afghans who fought along our side bravely, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached for a high crime and misdemeanor of dereliction of duty,”
“If we leave one American behind, if we don’t get all those Afghans who have stepped up to the plate to help us, out, then Joe Biden, in my view, has committed a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and should be impeached,” Graham added.
In an interview with Newsmax TV the following week, former President Donald Trump said of Biden’s evacuation effort that “it’s inconceivable that anybody could be so incompetent, stupid.”
“There’s never been anything so poorly handled,” Trump continued.
“We used to talk about the southern border that you know – we had the southern border the best it’s ever been, now it’s the worst it’s ever been – but this is blowing it away,” he added.