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GOP presidential candidates slam Biden for Afghanistan withdrawal, 9/11 commemoration plans

On the 22nd year after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., Republican presidential hopefuls took the occasion to criticize President Biden for the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, as well as the president’s decision to skip commemorations at the sites of the terrorist attacks. 

Biden will spend Monday in Alaska — following his trip to India for the G-20 summit and a stop in Hanoi, Vietnam Sunday — and the White House says he will take part in a memorial ceremony 9/11 with members of the military. Vice President Kamala Harris attended a ceremony in New York City on Monday, and first lady Jill Biden took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon memorial.

However, the commemoration plans have sparked criticism from some Republican presidential contenders who say Biden should be at one of the sites of the 9/11 terror attacks.

“The president should absolutely be there,” former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told Fox News Digital in an interview. 

The DeSantis campaign noted that the governor joined the Navy to serve his country following the 2001 attacks and emphasized that he is the only veteran running for president.

The White House did not reply to a request for comment. 

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Thomas Phippen is an Editor at Fox News.

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