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Biden deflects as reporter confronts him with poll showing Americans don’t think he’s ‘competent, focused or effective’

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President Joe Biden put on his dancing shoes Sunday when asked about widespread disapproval of the debacle taking place in Afghanistan, where the Biden administration’s pullout of U.S. troops has devolved into a mad scramble to flee the country on the part of Afghan civilians and diplomats of all nations.

During a media briefing, CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe asked Biden about a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday that showed 74 percent of those surveyed rated Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan as going very or somewhat badly.

The poll also showed less than 50 percent of those surveyed rated Biden as “competent,” “focused” and “effective” — low points in Biden’s seven months in office.

“A new poll, out today shows Americans wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan, but they disapprove of the way you’ve handled it,” O’Keefe said, according to a White House transcript of Biden’s briefing. “The poll also found that based in part of what transpired over the last week, a majority of Americans — and forgive me, I’m just the messenger — no longer consider you to be competent, focused, or effective at the job.”

“I haven’t seen that poll,” Biden replied, following up with a laugh when O’Keefe pressed him for a response to the poll.

“We have a long way to go [in Afghanistan], and a lot could still go wrong” — President Biden https://t.co/Rj7KtLDqx2

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22,

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