How slow Joe Biden's bungled facts about Afghanistan & 5-hr delay to speak about Kabul bomb shows presidency in turmoil

JOE Biden's presidency has been littered with gaffes from the start – from tripping THREE times as he made his way up the steps of Air Force One to forgetting why he ran for President.

But Biden has now suffered his worst week in the White House with a string of far more serious blunders as he battles a surging wave of backlash over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis as the US scrambles to evacuate dependents after he rubber-stamped plans to withdraw troops following a costly – and unpopular – 20-year war against the Taliban.


His presidency has been left in turmoil as his approval ratings plunge thanks to controversial decisions and repeated mistakes during speeches, which have further fuelled criticism as he makes factual errors and inaccurate predictions.

The President has now even been accused of having "blood on his hands" after at least 13 troops were among the 170-plus killed at the hands of ISIS-K in a suicde at Kabul airport.

Speaking from the White House after the deadly blast, Biden appeared to crumble under the pressure as he snapped at a reporter and lost his breath.

The President then once again became a target of anger after he admitted that the US may have handed Taliban henchmen a “kill list” to target Afghans who previously helped Americans in the country.

Officials reportedly gave militants lists of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies so they could safely enter the perimeter of the airport in Kabul, according to Politico.

During Thursday’s press conference, Biden didn’t deny that names may have been handed over to the Taliban.

He said: “There have been occasions when our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this, for example, this bus is coming through with X number of people on it, made up of the following group of people.

"We want you to let that bus or that group through. So yes, there have been occasions like that. To the best of my knowledge, in those cases, the bulk of that has occurred and they have been let through."

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It what can only be argued at Biden's worst week yet as President, he suffered a tirade of abuse of social media on Tuesday after delaying an update of the Afghanistan situation by five hours.

He was expected to give an update at around noon on Tuesday – but didn't begin speaking until shortly after 5pm EST, only for his address to be just 15 minutes long, with the first portion spent talking about the economy.

The seemingly gaffe-prone President even risked global backlash earlier this month by slamming the Afghan president and military leaders by blasting the Afghan army for "giving up" in the face of the Taliban resurgence.

He heaped blame on the defeated Afghan administration, saying: “It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghan forces would not.

“American forces cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”

It was branded “one of the most shameful” in American history as he was accused of “washing his hands” of desperate Afghans.

The President doubled down on the decision to withdraw troops ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 during the speech at he hit out at the Afghan government.

But one of Biden's most embarrassing blunders happened in July, when during a speech he assured Americans that the Taliban would not takeover Afghanistan quickly – severely underestimating the terror group's strength.

In reality, it took jihadists just two weeks to seize control of the war-torn country – sparking a humiliating withdrawal after 20-years of bloodshed.

'BIDEN TURNED HIS BACK ON HIM'

"The Taliban is not the South—the North Vietnamese army," he said during a press conference on July 8.

"They're not—they're not remotely comparable in terms of capability.

"There's going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the—of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable."

His presidency now appears to be hanging in the balance as calls stack up for him to resign and quit the White House.

Donald Trump is among those to have publicly slammed Biden, as he said he would "never" have allowed the horror Kabul airport bombing to take place.

The ex-president described the bombing as "an evil act" that should "never have been allowed to happen" in a video message released Thursday night.

Joining the chorus of calls for Biden to resign or be impeached, the devastated dad of one of the 13 US troops killed in the Kabul terror attack has blasted Biden for "turning his back" on his "devoted" son.

Steve Nikoui says he blames the President for the death of his song Kareem, a young US Marine stationed at the Afghan capital airport.

“They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security. I blame my own military leaders," he said.

"Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”

Biden’s handling of the crisis has been compared to the “Fall of Saigon” – a humiliating US retreat that effectively marked the end of the Vietnam War.


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