Republican Senators Josh Hawley from Missouri and Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee have begun the call for President Biden’s resignation. The senators’ announcement came on Thursday after ISIS militants claimed responsibility for carrying out bombing attacks in Kabul, killing at least twelve U.S. soldiers and sixty Afghans.
“Our nation is forever indebted to the brave Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice today. And we remember as well as the innocent Afghans who needlessly perished” Senator Hawley said in a statement.
My further statement on Joe Biden’s abject failure in Afghanistan that is costing American lives by the hour pic.twitter.com/KaHVMYbKTe
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 26, 2021
Senator Blackburn not only called for Biden’s resignation, but for other senior administration officials as well. “It’s time for accountability, starting with those whose failed planning allowed these attacks to occur,” said Blackburn in a statement.
She mentioned Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley “all should resign or face impeachment and removal from office…The deaths of American service members today are a direct result of Biden’s weak leadership and failed withdrawal.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged criticism of the administration and mention of resignation by saying it was “not a day for politics.” In Thursday’s press conference Psaki told reporters “this is a day where US service members lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. It’s not a day for politics.”
“And we would expect any American to stand with us in going after those terrorists” who caused the death of our soldiers.