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On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted on MSNBC that President Joe Biden simply did not have the needed time it would have taken during his State of the Union address on Tuesday to mention the 13 service members killed during his botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Look, a speech like the State of the Union is largely important. It doesn’t touch on – it doesn’t have the time to touch on everything that is a priority,” Psaki said Wednesday morning during an appearance in MSNBC.
Her remark was in response to a question about the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the Capitol not being mentioned in Biden’s speech, but there was also controversy over the president not mentioning the death of 13 U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber during the Afghan withdrawal debacle.
The only person to mention them was Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), when she heckled Biden while he was speaking on military burn pits and the effects they have had on Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, including the role they may have played in his son’s death from cancer.
“When they came home, many of the world’s fittest and best-trained warriors were never the same. Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin. I know,” Biden remarked.
The Colorado congresswoman then shouted, “You put them in, 13 of them!” according to reporters in the House Chamber, right before Biden mentioned his son Beau. The reference was obviously to the service members who died in the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan as the military retreated under Biden’s watch.
Psaki: Biden didn't “have the time” last night to mention our 13 service members killed in Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/rHaFenjhSV
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 2, 2022
“One of those soldiers was my son Major Beau Biden,” Biden continued ignoring Boebert. “We don’t know for sure if a burn pit was the cause of his brain cancer or the diseases of so many of our troops. But I’m committed to finding out everything we can.”
CNN host Jake Tapper falsely claimed that Biden was speaking of the service members killed in action in Afghanistan while expressing disgust over Boebert’s outburst.
Jerry Dunleavy with the DC Examiner set him straight via Twitter.
False. Biden was not talking about soldiers killed in action— he was talking about ones exposed to burn pits who may have later died from cancer & connected his son’s death to it. KIA is specific. Biden didn’t mention any KIA soldiers despite the deadly Kabul attack on his watch. https://t.co/ttkGjh9u9a pic.twitter.com/vtV4G3FOx4
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 2, 2022
The response to Biden deliberately not mentioning the 13 military personnel was quick and brutal.
“Vile. It’s a *written speech.* It can be as long or as short as they want. No time to ‘touch on’ 13 murdered servicemembers but more than enough to praise himself, over and over again,” Fox News commentator Tammy Bruce tweeted.
Breitbart White House Correspondent Charlie Spiering brought up former President Donald Trump and the difference between the two leaders, “In 2017, Donald Trump pointedly recognized the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens on his watch and honored his widow Carryn Owens during his speech to Congress. Biden didn’t even mention the 13 American soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on his watch.”
Another person on Twitter snarked, “This was the saddest part from last night. You could tell Biden was pushing hard to get this in but then the clock hit triple zeros and the buzzer sounded. Just bad luck.”
Another tweeted, “This almost worse than the omission. You don’t have ‘time’ for sacrifices you demanded? What a cold, calculating b*tch and 👩💼.”
Others expressed general disgust at Biden not mentioning the brave men and women who gave their lives in Afghanistan:
but he had time for this…https://t.co/uJcEah2i1p
— SaveTheUSA (@milehigh007) March 2, 2022
Had a hard stop at 1 hour and 2 minutes… But he stuck around the chamber for another 30 minutes to shake hands.
— NYConservatarian (@NYConservtarian) March 2, 2022
@PressSec he didn’t have the time to mention 13 heroes killed on his watch? Was there a time limit for that speech? He showed the same respect for those heroes when they were brought home when he looked his watch. That was ZERO respect.
— Nancy DiGiacomo 🇺🇸✝️ (@NTD1965) March 2, 2022
Biden didn’t have time to mention this, he had time mention every item on the leftist wish list, but not remember Americans killed in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/shg3gxpQil
— James Jay Carafano (@JJCarafano) March 2, 2022
He spoke for 70 minutes. He didn’t have even 30 seconds for the soldiers who died on his watch?
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) March 2, 2022
No time for our fallen troops? Well….
— God Wins 🙏🌺🇺🇲 (@tclanmom) March 2, 2022
For the 40 millionth time
— RegularAmerican🍊 (@lebntb2016) March 2, 2022
I remember when he didn’t have the time to watch their caskets being unloaded either and kept looking at his watch
— Vic Vega (@CapitalisticPig) March 2, 2022
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