Biden laughs off new poll showing Americans are losing confidence in him following Afghanistan debacle

While President Joe Biden is continuing to defend his handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, many Americans no longer have confidence in his leadership.

Case in point: A new poll from CBS News shows less than half of Americans feel Biden is “competent” to run the country in the wake of the botched withdrawal effort. But that humiliating statistic doesn’t seem to be getting Biden down.

Pressed by reporters for his thoughts on the devastating survey results at a White House press conference on Sunday, Biden shrugged it off with a laugh, The Daily Wire reported.

Americans aren’t pleased

Conducted by CBS News, the new poll found that some 44% of Americans believe Biden’s removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has gone “very badly.” Another 30% felt that it’s gone “somewhat badly,” CBS said.

Meanwhile, only 49% of respondents rated Biden as “competent,” a drop of seven percentage points since the same question was asked in April. Fewer people also regard the president as being “focused” or “effective” compared to this past spring.

What’s more, the poll found widespread skepticism over Biden’s ability to evacuate the thousands of American citizens who currently remain trapped in Afghanistan, with only 33% of respondents believing the president has a clear exit plan for them, according to CBS.

Biden doesn’t care

According to The Daily Wire, Biden came face-to-face with this news Sunday in a testy exchange with a reporter. “A new poll out today shows Americans wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan, but they disapprove of the way you’ve handled it,” the journalist said.

“The poll also found that based in part on what’s transpired in the last week, a majority of Americans, and forgive me, I’m just the messenger, no longer consider you to be competent, focused, or effective in the job,” the reporter added, asking for Biden’s thoughts on the numbers.

Biden at first responded by saying he had not seen the poll, before laughing and shaking his head at the reporter who mentioned it. Take a look at video of the incident, first shared by The Daily Wire:

“Another example”

The embarrassing moment comes as the president is facing multiple calls for his resignation from Republicans. Among those urging Biden to step down is former White House physician and current Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson (R), who said during a Fox News interview last week that Biden lacks the mental prowess to serve as president.

“I’ve been saying this for a long time,” Jackson complained, according to a separate report from The Daily Wire. “I’ve been saying that he’s not cognitively prepared to be our president. And this is just another example of his failure.”

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