‘Doing silly TikTok videos!’ Aussie hosts slams missing Biden as Afghanistan worsens
Joe Biden's 'absence' in Afghanistan slammed by host
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Sky News Australia’s James Morrow and Rita Panahi attacked President Joe Biden after the US head of state headed to Camp David for a long weekend as the Taliban’s grip over Afghanistan tightens. Joe Biden will remain at Camp David until Wednesday with the Australian hosts slamming the president for abandoning his responsibilities as domestic and international problems for the US continue to rage. Ms Panahi demanded Joe Biden to take “ownership” of the situation instead of going to Camp David and filming “silly TikToks”.
Joe Biden and his wife Jill were seen leaving Delaware on Friday afternoon as the couple travelled to Camp David for a long weekend.
White House officials state Mr Biden will be continually briefed during his stay at Camp David as the planned US withdrawal in Afghanistan has galvanised the Taliban’s campaign.
The US announced it would send 3,000 troops to help with the evacuation of officials from Kabul and other areas with western embassies running a secret skeleton crew to help nationals leave the country.
Speaking on Sky News Australia, Mr Morrow said: Well shocking scenes out of Afghanistan now and it’s happening right now in real-time.
“Northern Afghanistan which is arguably strategically more important than Kabul the capital is now all gone to the Taliban, Kabul is falling they say within the next 72 hours.
“That is gone to the Taliban, the embassy right now is burning papers it is like something out of the fall of Vietnam, fall of Saigon, we are one step away from the helicopters on rooftops.
“Where’s Joe Biden in all of this? Well, he’s at Camp David, he’ll be there until next Wednesday when this great failure of his presidency takes place and unfolds underneath the eyes of the world.
“Of course, Joe Biden’s presidency is beset by problems, the crisis at the southern border, rising inflation, all sorts of other issues that are now besetting America.
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“Of course the Afghanistan engagement is a great tragedy for America and really the world, you know, after 9/11 there was a very strong case to go in there but there’s also a very strong case to be that the original mission of Afghanistan was accomplished in 2002 and that the United States shouldn’t have gotten involved in a 20-year long engagement.
“On a place that nobody else has been able to control or take control of or subdue for decades if not centuries.”
Ms Panahi agreed and added: “The president needs to take some ownership and be present.
“He can’t be off to Camp David and doing silly videos for TikTok when this is happening on your watch.”
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan is part of a deal agreed by the Trump administration where the US military would leave the country and the Taliban would not harbour extremist groups – like Al-Qaeda.
It is thought if the Taliban extends its control over Afghanistan it would allow terror organisations to ramp up their attacks as they would essentially have a place of refuge.
The agreement was reviewed by the Biden administration who pushed the original May withdrawal date back to September 11.
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But withdrawal has already begun, with all troops to be removed by September 11.
As a result, the Taliban have clashed with Afghan security forces in the absence of Western military and have taken over several provinces.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 where they were overthrown by US forces.
The group practices strict Islamic teachings with reports suggesting there were public beatings and restrictions on what women could do.
Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi says the group has modernised since the early 2000s, revealing they have issued press releases and other documents with their aims and goals to the public and press.
However, she states this is a front as areas currently under Taliban control continues to practice the harsh rules from their rule two decades ago.
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