Upon taking his oath of office at the beginning of this year, President Joe Biden said he would lead America back to a position of strength and prosperity. Since then, plummeting poll numbers show that most Americans don’t believe he has kept that pledge.
Now, a group of Republican lawmakers is saying they know the reason why.
According to Fox News, several high-profile Republicans argued this week that the Biden administration’s troubles come down to a failure of leadership.
“Failed to meet the challenge”
Among those making the case is second-term Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican who served overseas during a military career that spanned more than two decades.
“From his disaster in Afghanistan, to the out-of-control situation at our southern border, and now his failure to prepare for the omicron variant his own administration warned about, time and again Joe Biden has utterly failed to meet the challenge and has demonstrated to the American people his inability to lead this country through crises, including those of his own making,” Ernst told Fox.
Her complaints were echoed by Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, who serves as the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“President Biden’s own generals and the intelligence community warned him that the withdrawal from Afghanistan would result in the county rapidly falling to the Taliban,” McCaul said, according to Fox.
“For a president who claims ‘the buck stops’ with him, he is very slow to actually take responsibility for his mistakes,” McCaul complained.
Harris: Scientists “didn’t see delta coming”
The congressman went on to point out that Biden’s habit of dodging responsibility extends well beyond matters of foreign policy.
“Most recently, Biden has shifted the responsibility and blame of the spread of COVID-19 to the American people,” McCaul told Fox.
“Given his consistent missteps in handling the pandemic, this comes off as desperate,” the Republican added. “It is also frustrating that as Biden plays the blame game with the American people, he is choosing to not acknowledge the actual origins of COVID-19.”
Of course, Biden isn’t alone in running from responsibility, particularly when it comes to the pandemic. According to Fox, Vice President Kamala Harris told the Los Angeles Times last week:
We didn’t see delta coming. I think most scientists did not — upon whose advice and direction we have relied — didn’t see delta coming.