Until just a few months ago, Bob Hugin’s son was assigned to the same U.S. Marine Corps unit where twelve soldiers were killed in an attack at Kabul Airport.
Now Hugin, the New Jersey Republican State Chairman, is blaming President Joe Biden for their deaths and says his actions strengthens the position of terrorists around the world.
“It’s an embarrassment to the country,” said Hugin, an ex-Marine whose two sons are currently on active duty. “These deaths that were caused in Afghanistan were clearly avoidable deaths and it’s a tragedy .. in many ways the president has emasculated the military.”
He said that Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan “really dishonored the thousands of Americans that were killed 20 years ago” in the 9/11 attacks.
“It undermines our relationship with allies,” Hugin stated. “How does Taiwan and other countries think we’re going to stand for them if there aren’t direct terrorists in their country today? Is it really the embarrassment that really weakens our relationship with allies.”
Hugin, the 2018 GOP U.S. Senate nominee who became state party chairman in June, criticized Biden on the timing of the troop withdrawal.
“It’s crazy you do with role in the summertime in a country like again Afghanistan m which would allow the potential for a roll up that occur which couldn’t happen in the winter time and have a better chance to negotiate,” he said.
Hugin made his comments on a press call with two other veterans, Pennsylvania State Treasurer Stacy Garrity and Maine GOP State Chair Demi Kouzounas.
Biden was in Somerset County on Tuesday to tour flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida.