Rep. Chip Roy railed at President Joe Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and ranking members of the U.S. military over foreign and domestic policies including the disastrous pull-out of Afghanistan and the administration’s attempt to impose federal mask mandate on public schools.
In an interview with Newsmax TV’s “Cortez & Pellegrino,” Roy, a Republican, discussed a range of topics including the chaotic border in his state of Texas, new COVID restrictions the administration is pushing for public schools ahead of the approaching academic year, and the debacle unfolding in Afghanistan, where thousands of Americans remain isolated from the airport in Kabul behind a phalanx of Taliban roadblocks and armed sentries.
At one point, co-host Jenn Pellegrino asked Roy, “Many, of course, calling on President Biden to resign. I don’t think we’re going to see that happen. Your colleague over on the Senate side, [Republican] Rick Scott [of Florida], even suggesting the 25th Amendment. Your thoughts?”
Roy laid into the president in no uncertain terms.
“Yeah, I think it’s absolutely incomprehensible what the president’s been doing, hiding at Camp David, now going to Delaware, today coming and lecturing us and saying that they’re going to come and try to step in the way of governors about what’s been happening in masks in schools when we’ve got 15,000 Americans in Afghanistan?” Roy exclaimed. “You go to hell, Mr. President. I have no interest in having you say what we’re doing in Texas when you’re doing that to American soldiers who bled and fought for this country they’re over in Afghanistan.”
Earlier, Roy blasted the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark Milley and other military leaders, saying it is “absolutely clear” to him that “we need to clean house in the Pentagon” in response to co-host Steve Cortez who asked the Texas Republican if he and other GOP members would commit to that if they won back the House next year.
He also riffed on Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for claiming earlier Wednesday that the U.S. military doesn’t have the capacity to both defend the international airport in Kabul and send forces out into the city to retrieve stranded Americans.
“You go get those Americans, you get the resources you need right now — get them and bring them home,” Roy said, channeling his GOP colleague Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee, a retired U.S. Army infantry officer and Ranger.
Earlier, after discussing the chaotic situation along the U.S. southwest border, the Texas Republican was asked if he believes that the right strategy for handling Afghan refugees is for countries in the region to take them in rather than the U.S., a position held by Joe Kent, a GOP congressional candidate in Washington, a former Green Beret and war veteran who lost his own wife in combat.
“There’s a complete vacuum of leadership in the United States,” Roy said after thanking American military personnel for their service in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“They’re completely leaving our southern border exposed. We have terrorists coming in. We have China pushing fentanyl into our country. And these folks know it, and they don’t care,” Roy said.
“I’ve already said that they should be impeached for their lack of ability to secure the border, and now, because of their complete incompetence, their willful disregard for enforcing what we should be doing in Afghanistan, how we should have left,” Roy added.
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