Psaki says Biden 'didn't have time' to mention everything in his hour-long speech


The White House insisted Wednesday that President Joe Biden didn’t have enough time to address issues like the 13 U.S. service members that died in the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

‘Look, a speech like the State of the Union is largely important. It doesn’t touch on – it doesn’t have the time to touch on everything that is a priority,’ Psaki told MSNBC Wednesday morning when asked why Biden never mentioned the Capitol riot.

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Biden’s speech was void of giving any solutions.

​​’I didn’t hear one solution for all the problems they started,’ he told Fox News on Wednesday. 

‘They didn’t give you a solution to the inflation that they created by their $2 trillion bill, they didn’t give a solution to the border,’ McCarthy continued in the GOP backlash against Biden’s remarks. 

Biden also did not address at any point in his hour-long speech Tuesday evening his bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Colorado GOP Representative Lauren Boebert is digging her heels in on Wednesday amid an onslaught of bipartisan criticism for heckling Biden ‘s State of the Union address while he mentioned his late son Beau.

‘The left is p***ed because I called out Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan that left 13 of America’s finest in a flag-draped coffin,’ Boebert wrote on Twitter .

‘They are mad because a speech was ‘interrupted’. Ask the families who lost their loved ones how interrupted their lives are now,’ she added.

Florida GOP Representative Michael Walz told Fox Business Wednesday morning that Bidne’s lack of mention of the troops who died was a ‘slap in the face’ to the families of the dead and to those who currently are serving.

‘I just want to go back to what you just mentioned about, zero mention- nothing- on Afghanistan,’ Waltz told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. ‘I mean, just frankly, what a slap in the face to those 13 gold star moms, to our allies that we left behind and to the service members that at some point are going to have to go back over to deal with this terrorism problem and barely any mention of China, either.’ 

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden 'didn't have time' to touch on every subject during his hour-long State of the Union address

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden ‘didn’t have time’ to touch on every subject during his hour-long State of the Union address

Comes as Republicans voice fury over Biden not mentioning the death of 13 U.S. troops in the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rep. Lauren Boebert (left) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) heckled the president at several points during his big address on Tuesday night

Comes as Republicans voice fury over Biden not mentioning the death of 13 U.S. troops in the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rep. Lauren Boebert (left) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) heckled the president at several points during his big address on Tuesday night

C-SPAN released a graphic showing the run-time of the last seven president's first State of the Union addresses. Biden averaged in the middle of the pack with 62 minutes, while Donald Trump topped the list with 80 minutes and George H. W. Bush was at the bottom with 35 minutes

C-SPAN released a graphic showing the run-time of the last seven president’s first State of the Union addresses. Biden averaged in the middle of the pack with 62 minutes, while Donald Trump topped the list with 80 minutes and George H. W. Bush was at the bottom with 35 minutes

‘But on Russia, look once again, others are leading. The EU is moving towards more and more restrictions on Russian oil and gas. Canada has put in a ban,’ he continued in criticizing Biden’s remarks. ‘But Biden knows and Putin knows that he’s boxed in a corner on this. The price is shooting through the roof that’s affecting Americans at the pump. It’s a big driver of inflation.’

‘There were over 100 progressives in the room at the State of the Union,’ Waltz said. ‘He wouldn’t dare talk about unleashing American energy just incredibly, another disappointment. 

What was, at the start, seen as a win for the administration in ending the 20-year war, in Afghanistan turned into disaster for Biden when the Taliban immediately seized Kabul and forced U.S. troops out by their deadline and resulted in the death of 13 American service members.

The State Department was also unable to help get allies out of Afghanistan, leaving many who helped the U.S. over the years in harm’s way as terrorist organizations swiftly overtook the country.

Biden was further lambasted after the withdrawal as the troops’ remains were transferred home and the president appeared to repeatedly check his watch during the ceremony bringing their flag-draped coffins back onto U.S. soil.

Congresswoman Boebert called this out during Biden’s remarks on Tuesday evening, earning ‘boos’ from the House chamber as he was talking about cancer-causing burn pits affecting military service members.

Biden believes such pits led to Beau’s early death at age 46.

Boebert previously defended herself late Tuesday evening, writing on Twitter that ‘When Biden said flag draped coffins I couldn’t stay silent.’

The roughly hour-long address was notably punctuated by both bipartisan applause, as well as loud jeering from Boebert and her fellow GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

Psaki also lashed out on Wednesday at Boebert and Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene heckling Biden’s State of the Union address ‘says a lot more about them’ than the president’s agenda.

Boebert, a Colorado Republican, doubled down on her controversial commentary during Biden's State of the Union address in a new tweet on Wednesday morning

Boebert, a Colorado Republican, doubled down on her controversial commentary during Biden’s State of the Union address in a new tweet on Wednesday morning

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, the number two Senate Republican behind Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned the pair’s ‘antics’ during a CBS Mornings interview the day after Biden’s speech.

‘I don’t think there’s any place for that. It’s inappropriate. A State of the Union speech, whether you agree with the president or not, is an opportunity to show the American people the respect that the office deserves,’ Thune said.

The South Dakota Republican was cryptic when asked whether his fellow GOP lawmakers would issue a public condemnation.

‘You know, typically the House, you know, will — if there were steps to be taken, the House leadership would probably do that. But I think that there’ll be plenty of condemnation from people, colleagues and whatnot, and just a recognition that those types of antics in a setting like that are inappropriate,’ he said.

‘And I think anybody would agree with that.’

Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell blasted Boebert and Greene as a ‘disgrace’ and called on House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to condemn them.

‘The president was talking about his dead soldier son. You and [Greene] were a national disgrace tonight. But worse — because you are irrelevant — Kevin McCarthy owns all of this. He won’t condemn you because he is a colossal coward,’ Swalwell wrote on Twitter Tuesday. 

Psaki brushed off Boebert and Greene's behavior and said it says 'a lot more about them' than about Biden's agenda

Psaki brushed off Boebert and Greene’s behavior and said it says ‘a lot more about them’ than about Biden’s agenda

McCarthy has so far been silent on the matter, though he did give Biden a standing ovation at one point during his speech when he called for betting police funding. 

Psaki brushed off Boebert’s protest when asked about it on MSNBC early Tuesday morning.

‘I have to tell you that during that heckling, which, I was watching that on TV with a group of my team, team members and colleagues, and we were all excited and cheering,’ the press secretary said in an early Wednesday morning television interview.

‘And that was the moment in the speech where the president was talking about his unity agenda, and talking about priorities that we should all be able to agree on.’

The president’s four-pronged unity agenda, which he laid out on Tuesday night, includes efforts to do more for veterans who fall ill after inhaling smoke from toxic burn pits that troops stationed overseas have commonly used to dispose of waste.

‘They come home, many of the world’s fittest and best-trained warriors in the world, never the same,’ Biden grieved before alluding to his own personal experience witnessing the effects. 

‘Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin. I know.’

South Dakota Senator John Thune, the number two Senate Republican, blasted the freshman lawmakers' 'antics'

South Dakota Senator John Thune, the number two Senate Republican, blasted the freshman lawmakers’ ‘antics’

California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell also jumped into the fray, calling Boebert out as a 'national disgrace'

California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell also jumped into the fray, calling Boebert out as a ‘national disgrace’

It was at that moment Boebert yelled: ‘A cancer that put them in a flag-draped coffin.’

‘You put them in. Thirteen of them!’ she shouted in reference to the 13 US service members who were killed while guarding Kabul airport in Afghanistan last year.

Psaki said on Wednesday morning, ‘There’s no question we should do more to help our nation’s veterans, people who have been hurt by the impacts of burn pits. Of course, we need to do more to work together to cure cancer.’

‘And they were heckling around that time and that moment. I think that says a lot more about them than it does about how important these priorities are, and how much the vast majority of people who are sitting there watching in that chamber last night could work together to solve exactly those problems,’ the press secretary added.

Unlike other points of Biden’s speech, which earned bipartisan applause, Boebert’s outburst elicited only boos from Democrats.  

Both Boebert and Georgia Rep. Greene turned their backs on Biden as he entered the House chamber for his State of the Union address.

At another point during the speech, when the president called for comprehensive reform to solve the southwest border crisis and the American immigration system, the firebrand conservatives could be heard chanting ‘Build the wall,’ one of Donald Trump’s signature promises.  



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