Despite the ongoing disaster in Afghanistan, where an unknown number of Americans remain stranded under Taliban rule, President Joe Biden is once again going on vacation.
According to reports, Biden is returning to his home in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend.
“Expect VIP movement”
Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller tweeted that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signaled the president’s forthcoming trip.
In its notice, the FAA advised Wilmington to “expect VIP movement” between Friday and Monday.
“Pilots can expect temporary airspace restrictions in conjunction with the VIP movement,” the agency continued.
Biden has reportedly been attempting to take such a vacation for some time, with initial plans pushed back until after the deadline for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The optics of taking a trip during the chaos unfolding in that country would have been objectively bad, especially in the wake of a suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. service members near the Kabul international airport.
Despite reports that hundreds of American citizens are feared to be stranded in Afghanistan, the president apparently believes the coast is clear for him to take a weekend getaway to Delaware.
It remains to be seen whether the optics have significantly improved over the past week, but the evidence suggests Biden will be away from the White House in the coming days amid widespread backlash over his handling of the troop withdrawal.
Reports indicate the only feasible way for the remaining American citizens to safely flee the country is by relying on Taliban fighters for protection, which Biden is said to be currently negotiating.
Of course, there are also accounts of those very same Taliban militants physically attacking U.S. citizens in the country. According to the Washington Examiner, a group of Americans who arranged for transportation to the Kabul airport led to just a few evacuations before Taliban fighters were “beating the rest and firing gunshots over their heads, sending them running.”
For most presidents, the situation would not lend itself to a vacation. Despite the growing impression that he is disinterested and detached from the very crisis he helped create in Afghanistan, Biden apparently sees nothing wrong with jetting off from the White House for a few days.