‘Do the American people a favor’: Rep. Tom Rice calls on Biden to resign following Kabul attack
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Rep. Tom Rice is now calling on President Joe Biden to resign following Thursday’s attack that killed U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
“President Biden, you yourself said ‘The Buck stops here.’ Do the American people a favor. Resign and turn the job over to someone who can handle it,” the representative of South Carolina’s seventh Congressional District said in a statement provided to WMBF News.
Rice also called on Biden to address what he called a “tragic chain of avoidable events” and that “there is no sign he will address the American people anytime soon.”
“Well Joe, you’ve proven yourself incapable of handling your job as Commander in Chief,” the congressman said. “You ignored your advisors, rushed this haphazard withdrawal without appropriate conditions and before evacuating our citizens and friends. Your ineptitude has now cost at least 12 American lives.”
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One of Rice’s Republican primary challengers, state Rep. Russell Fry, called on President Biden to appoint former President Donald Trump to help with the withdrawal effort in Afghanistan.
“For the sake of our countrymen in harm’s way, it’s time for Biden to live up to his own words of bipartisanship and turn to trusted hands who know how to get the job done,” Fry said in a statement posted on social media. “I call on Joe Biden to set aside political differences and, in a spirit of true bipartisan cooperation, appoint Donald J. Trump as his special envoy to oversee the Afghanistan withdrawal. During this crisis, Biden must use every resource available to get our people home.”
Other South Carolina lawmakers also commented on Thursday’s attack, including Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“This despicable terrorist attack against innocent civilians at the Kabul airport, which injured American Marines, is a reminder of the depravity the world faces from Afghanistan,” Graham said in series of tweets.
He also urged the President to consider reopening the Bagram Air Base, saying “it is not a capability problem, but a problem of will.”
Sen. Tim Scott voiced similar thoughts in a statement later Thursday.
“The president must immediately reverse course and dispatch all military resources necessary to ensure the safety of every American and our allies,” Scott said. “We cannot leave our fellow citizens to the mercy of terrorists. We cannot leave a single American behind.”
Officials at the Pentagon confirmed 12 U.S. service members were killed in an attack near the Kabul airport. The dead include 11 Marines and one Navy medic, while a number of other troops were injured.
At least 60 Afghans were also killed in the attack, according to other officials in the country.
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