Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia has condemned President Joe Biden for taking a “victory lap” following the death of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Biden confirmed on Monday that al-Zawahiri, who has led al-Qaeda since the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy personnel, was killed in a US drone strike over the weekend. The president, who is currently in isolation due to a repeat of a positive COVID-19 test, said during a speech from the balcony of the White House that al-Zawahiri played a key role in planning the September 11, 2001 attack and bombing Was. USS Cole in 2000 and said that “justice has been served” with his death.
Greene quickly rebuked Biden on Twitter for attempting to “toughen up on TV” by speaking out over the death, arguing that “most Americans” were either unaware of the leader or of al-Qaeda and al-Zawahiri. Were “forgot” about. , despite being the group behind 9/11 – the largest terrorist attack ever in American history. She suggested that Biden should have instead focused on issues including America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the so-called “proxy war with Russia” and high inflation rates.
“Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in CIA-led airstrike,” Green tweeted, “Zawahiri is credited with planning 9-11 and the attack on USS Cole, but most Americans don’t know or have forgotten who she is, but once they know they’ll be happy she’s dead.” But Joe’s victory lap is ridiculous… It’s absurd that Joe is going to try to act tough on TV.”
“No one in America is sweating or even hearing anything about them for the recent al Qaeda attack, but for American groceries, gas and Democrats,” he said. There are huge tensions about big tax hikes coming soon,” she said. “But they’ll have to roll out Joe on TV tonight, while he’s Covid positive again, so he can talk big without blinking.”
Green suggested that White House staff “should fall asleep early with a dose of Joe”. [ineffective and unproven COVID-19 treatment] Ivermectin.”
newsweek reached the White House for comment.
Although Congressmen said some were currently “sweating” the prospect of an al-Qaeda attack, the US intelligence community still considers the organization to be one of the biggest threats to foreign American interests.
“Terrorists aligned with ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Iran, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, are perhaps the greatest threat to American individuals and interests abroad,” states US Intelligence Community’s 2022 Annual Threat Assessment. “Al-Qaeda is bent on attacking American interests; it is more capable of attacking American interests in areas where its allies operate rather than in the homeland.”
Al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born surgeon and early mentor to bin Laden, was killed on Saturday morning following the attack on the Kabul, Afghanistan, safehouse, which Biden said was conducted “on my instructions” on Monday.
“Now, justice has been served and this is not a terrorist leader,” Biden said. “People around the world no longer need to fear the vicious and determined killer… No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and you will take it out.”