The worm is turning, but not as fast or as far as it should …
… according to a CBS News poll.
Fifty-one percent of the respondents said Biden is not competent in his position as president. This is compared to only 49 percent who said he is.
Additionally, the poll found that 52 percent of the respondents did not feel the president has been focused.
The poll was taken during and after the fall of the now-Taliban-controlled Kabul, Afghanistan, when Biden botched the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from the country.
With that, 53 percent of the respondents said they disagree with the way Biden withdrew the troops. Seventy percent said the removal of troops could have been handled better, along with 55 percent who said some troops should have stayed.
The poll from CBS also found that Biden’s overall job approval rating is at 50 percent. However, this is compared to an NBC News poll taken around the same time frame and released the same day that Biden’s job approval is less than 50 percent.
The downturn is no doubt due to the abysmal handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Reports show thousands of Americans are trapped in Afghanistan while most struggle to get to the airport in Kabul for evacuation. Some reports also claim the Taliban has been seizing U.S. passports from Afghan Americans trying to enter the Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country.
The following summary is from Twitter.
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan continues following the collapse of the Afghan government in August. Here is the latest:
– One Afghan guard has died after a firefight broke out at Kabul airport between unidentified gunmen and US, German and Afghan guards, according to Reuters
– According to a NATO diplomat, at least 20 people have died in the past seven days in and around Kabul’s airport during evacuation processes
– CNN reports that the US military is establishing “alternative routes” to Kabul airport in coordination with the Taliban because “there is a strong possibility” the Islamic State group is trying to carry out an attack
– Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar arrived in Kabul for talks with other leaders as they hammer out a new Afghan government under the group, Reuters says
– The US Embassy issued a new security warning on Saturday telling Americans in Afghanistan not to travel to the Kabul airport without individual instruction from a US government representative, the AP reports