Fury as Biden Checks His Watch during Return of 13 U.S Troops Killed in Afghanistan
'Inconvenienced' Biden blasted by veterans
Democrat Joe Biden faced fury from veterans after appearing to check his watch just seconds after a salute honoring the 13 US service members killed in Kabul from the deadly ISIS-K suicide.
It's true. Joe Biden checked his watch during the dignified transfer of the servicemembers killing in Afghanistan at the airport. You can see him jerk his left hand to pull the watch out from under his sleeve, then look down at it. pic.twitter.com/M3QVzJbTIm— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) August 29, 2021
Biden made the trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday to receive the caskets of the 13 service members who lost their lives during the attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Biden stood in silence as the coffins draped in American flags were carried from the C-17 Globemaster plane.
But during the ceremony, Biden appeared to lift his left arm to check his watch, which ignited massive backlash from conservative commentators and veterans.
The thirteen service members killed were as follows:
- Navy corpsman Max Soviak
- Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss
- Marines Hunter Lopez
- Rylee McCollum
- David Lee Espinoza
- Kareem Nikoui
- Jared Schmitz
- Daegan Page
- Taylor Hoover
- Humberto Sanchez
- Johanny Rosario
- Dylan Merola
- Nicole Gee
The bodies of the troops arrived at Dover Air Force Base at 8 am for a 'dignified transfer.
Storm Army veteran Samuel Williams blasted Biden for checking his watch, saying:
"Looks like he was being inconvenienced by having to show some respect for these American Heroes [sic]"
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted:
"Many of us remember Pres Bush 41 checking his watch during a debate and how awful it looked (even though we all felt same way about that debate.) But this is shocking and will be remembered."
Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, tweeted:
"There is nothing more important than paying your respects to America's fallen war heroes, Mr. President."
Former special assistant to President Donald Trump, Boris Epshteyn, tweeted:
"@joebiden checking his watch during the dignified transfer of American Heroes killed by his incompetence.
"Despicable. Resign now."
Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson tweeted:
"Apparently, our Commander-in-Chief has better things to do than honor the 13 service members who died on his watch?
"I’m DISGUSTED! God bless these heroes and their loved ones.
"They deserved better."
Former Fox News commentator, Lou Dobbs, tweeted:
"Our leaders are mindless and weak, tempting our enemies, this is among the saddest periods in US history."