Hawley and Blackburn call on Biden to resign

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GOP Sens. Josh Hawley

Joshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP lawmaker called on Biden to ‘step down immediately’ after ‘failed withdrawal’ from Afghanistan Sunday Preview: Chaos in Kabul Confuses US Evacuation Efforts GOP Senator Calls on Biden to Fire Sullivan, National Security Team MORE (Mon.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) joined a wave of other Republicans calling for President Biden to resign, a demand that rose sharply in the hours after multiple bombings around the airport in Kabul that killed at least 12 US servicemen.

Hawley said in a statement from his office that Biden “has now overseen the deadliest day for US troops in Afghanistan in more than a decade, and the crisis is getting worse by the hour.”

“We must reject the lie told by a gullible president that this was the only option to pull out,” Hawley wrote. vocalized support in april for removing all US troops from Afghanistan.

“This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic leadership failure,” he added. “It is now painfully clear that he has neither the will nor the ability to lead. He must step down,” said Hawley, who previously… called for the resignation Biden’s security team on the situation in Afghanistan.

Blackburn made her demand in a tweet and also called for the resignation of Vice President Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Antony BlinkenEmbassy warns Americans to avoid Kabul airport gates Nighttime Defense and National Security – Groundbreaking evacuations continue as Biden considers deadline Britain tells citizens to avoid Kabul airport, citing ‘high threat’ from terrorist attacks MORE, Minister of Defence Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinNighttime Defense and National Security – Groundbreaking evacuations continue as Biden considers deadline Healthcare overnight: Democrats target program to fill gap in Medicaid expansion Pentagon informs Biden of Afghanistan emergency plans as 400 troops go home MORE and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark MilleyMark MilleyNighttime Defense and National Security – Groundbreaking evacuations continue as Biden considers deadline Pentagon informs Biden of Afghanistan emergency plans as 400 troops go home Official says the US is working to ensure people can leave Afghanistan after August. 31 MORE.

The GOP senator argued that the president and each of the named members of the administration “should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.”

Her tweet came minutes after another post noting that Biden had promised “a strong response against any attack on US military personnel.”

“He has to keep his word to make these terrorists pay,” she added.

navy gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, on Thursday confirmed the dead of US military personnel, as well as injuries to at least 15 others, in two suicide bombings around Kabul airport.

McKenzie added that the explosions at the airport, where US troops have worked for days to evacuate thousands of US citizens and Afghan civilians, were carried out by ISIS fighters.

Multiple media reports later Thursday reported that a branch of ISIS operating in South Asia and Central Asia has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Biden, who will make comments Thursday afternoon to address the attacks, is determined to stick to his Tuesday goal of having all Americans and Afghan allies evacuated, despite mounting concerns in recent days about security threats from terrorist groups.

Blackburn was among a number of Republicans to appeal to Biden last week to fire his national security team, including National Security Advisor Jake SullivanJake SullivanWhite House wants to regain control of Afghanistan White House Gathers Technology, Education, and Banking Leaders for Cyber ​​Gathering Biden meets August 31 deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan MORE, for the government’s handling of the security situation in Afghanistan.

The GOP has since stepped up its criticism of the government amid a rapidly escalating crisis, with many pointing to the dangers facing US citizens and Afghans who remain in the country.

Earlier this week, Republican Representative Byron Donalds (Fla.) called on Biden to “resign with immediate effect”, citing a “failed withdrawal” from Afghanistan.

House Republican Conference Chair Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP lawmaker called on Biden to ‘step down immediately’ after ‘failed withdrawal’ from Afghanistan A tale of two chambers: Trump’s power lasts in the House, wanes in the Senate Wyoming GOP leaders say they no longer recognize Cheney as a party member MORE (NY) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) have also said Biden is unfit to hold office.

On Tuesday, GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Biden ‘signed death warrant for thousands of Afghans who helped us’ Lindsey Graham: ‘I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached’ Mark Sanford calls Graham ‘a canary in the coal mine’ over GOP’s relationship with Trump MORE (SC) said in an interview on Newsmax that Biden “should be dropped”, He added that he had “abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and that he will abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban until August 31.”

This story was updated at 4:59 PM

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