In what could prove to be a public relations disaster, a number of Gold Star families say they were abandoned by President Joe Biden following his withdrawal from Afghanistan.
That's according to the Daily Caller, which spoke with the parents of Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Marine Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover and Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui.
Those five service personnel, along with eight other Americans and nearly 200 Afghan citizens, were killed on August 26, 2021 when a suicide bomber struck Abbey Gate at what was then known as Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The family members expressed frustration over Biden's failure to honor their fallen loved ones in a ceremony at the White House or even publicly say all of their names.
Carol Briseno is the mother of 22-year-old Cpl. Sanchez, who had been assigned to assist in the withdrawal from Afghanistan after serving at an embassy in Jordan.
"This year is so different … I’m so frustrated, I’m so mad," Briseno said before adding, "I can’t believe that they did that to our kids."
"Nobody’s paying for what they did. Nobody is saying 'yes we messed up’ and 'I’m sorry.' Biden never said the 13 names," she continued.
"He didn’t say the names because he knows that he failed. That he actually failed our kids and failed our families and messed up," the grieving mother complained.
Marine Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover's father spoke up as well, stating, "Biden hasn’t said our kids’ names once. Not a single time,"
"These kids need to be celebrated. They need to be thanked … They need to have their names said, have them be remembered," he stressed.
Marine Lance Cpl. Nikoui expressed similar sentiments, declaring, "As far as any sympathy from the administration in the last two years, there has been none."
"This administration needs to honor them at the White House on the lawn. There needs to be 13 pictures of these service people on that lawn — and this president, this administration needs to honor it," he stressed.
Mr. Nikoui suggested that Biden could be "trying to hide, you know, like, out of sight out of mind when you’re a kid and you’re scared."
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll taken less than a month after U.S. troops departed from Afghanistan found that the president's approval rating fell to 43%.