3 GOP prospects for 2024 criticize Biden at political event
NEBRASKA CITY (Neb.). (AP) — Sunday’s sharp criticism of President Joe Biden’s handling at the end of the Afghanistan war was voiced by three Republican presidential hopefuls. They criticized the administration’s withdrawal policy as weak and encouraged its enemies.
Florida Gov. Governor. Ron DeSantis, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Pence were there. Pete Ricketts hosted an annual steak-fry fundraiser at Nebraska City. This town is located in Nebraska’s southeast corner, just a few miles away from Iowa, which has been traditionally the first state to vote for the presidential primaries.
The three Republicans weighed 2024 the campaigns and spoke to more than one ,000 Nebraska party member. All three Republicans praised U.S. troops for their service in the 20-year war that was triggered by the terrorist Sept. attacks. However, the trio did not do much to restore the political unity that characterized the days and weeks following 9 /11..
” They are keeping an eye on what happens in China, Iran, North Korea and Moscow,” DeSantis stated. They feared Donald Trump. They don’t fear Joe Biden and they don’t respect Joe Biden.”
Cruz repeatedly called the administration’s response to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as Americans, Westerners and Afghans with U.S. ties scrambled to exit the country “a disaster.”
“Every enemy of America is taking the measure of the man in the Oval Office and everyone, everyone of them has determined that the president is weak and ineffective,” Cruz said.
Biden, along with other high-ranking U.S. officials, were surprised last month at the speed of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan. This was before the scheduled U.S. withdrawal deadline of Saturday Sept. 11. Aug. 26, around 170 Afghans, 13 U.S. military personnel, including Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William Tyeler Page, 23, from Omaha was killed in an Islamic extremist suicide bombing at Kabul’s airport. People fled the country to escape the attack.
” The chaos and loss of 13 exceptional servicemen and women, including one from Nebraska, broke my heart, because it never needed to happen,” Pence stated.
Pence described a meeting at the Oval Office in which Trump discussed U.S. withdrawal plans for Afghanistan with the Taliban early 2020, and threatened military strikes if they allowed harm to Americans. After the bombing of Kabul’s airport, the Biden administration launched airstrikes against Islamic terrorists.
The GOP picnic at Arbor Lodge State Historic Park on the Missouri River was an important stage for Republicans who were keen to see the 2024 election. Trump even hinted at a third campaign.
“I’m sure what I’m going do, but we aren’t supposed to be discussing it yet,” Trump stated Saturday while meeting with New York City fire and police officials. “But I think you’re going to be happy, let me put it that way.”
DeSantis, a rising Republican figure outspoken in his criticism of Biden’s COVID-19 policies, criticized as overreach the president’s sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for private sector employees, health care workers and federal contractors in the face of the surging COVID-19 delta variant.
” I am fighting back against his,” DeSantis stated, referring to the legal action being considered by Republican governors. “We are going to be on the front line with a full spectrum response.”
Several Republican governors, including Ricketts, said last week they were discussing suing the White House over Biden’s vaccine requirement.