WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to criticisms over President Joe Biden’s neglect in mentioning the 13 American soldiers who were killed during the United States’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in August or the January 6 riots at the Capitol Building during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, the White House stated that Biden wasn’t able to address certain issues due to time constraints.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday that the President simply didn’t “have the time” to address everything of importance that evening.
“So look, a speech like the State of the Union, it’s hugely important. It doesn’t touch on – it doesn’t have the time to touch on everything that is a priority,” she said.
Biden came under fire by Republicans after his speech Tuesday for not addressing his administration’s disastrous pullout of troops from Afghanistan, during which 13 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber.
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At one point during his speech – while Biden was talking about his late son Beau, a former U.S. Army member who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 46 – Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) heckled the President as he was outlining efforts to help veterans who had contracted cancer from inhaling toxic gasses from “burn pits” – which are large areas where waste was disposed of – while stationed in foreign countries.
“They come home, many of the world’s fittest and best-trained warriors in the world, never the same,” Biden said. “Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin. I know.”
At that point, Boebert yelled “You put them in. Thirteen of them!” at Biden, drawing a chorus of boos from the audience. Biden glanced toward Boebert and then continued his speech, saying, “One of those soldiers was my son, Major Beau Biden.”
Boebert faced criticism for interrupting the President’s State of the Union speech, but doubled down on actions on Twitter the next day.
“The left is pissed because I called out Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan that left 13 of America’s finest in a flag-draped coffin,” she said. “They are mad because a speech was ‘interrupted.’ Ask the families who lost their loved ones how interrupted their lives are now.”