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Marine hurt in Afghanistan withdrawal shares details of Biden’s ‘strange’ hospital visit.

Committee Chair U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) ‍(C) greets U.S. ‌Marine Corps. Sergeant ⁢Tyler Vargas-Andrews ‌(L) as he arrives to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the U.S. ​Capitol on​ March 08,‍ 2023 in​ Washington, DC. (Photo by Win‍ McNamee/Getty Images)

OAN’s Roy Francis
4:42 PM – Tuesday, ‌August 8, 2023

A marine‌ who was​ injured in⁣ the suicide bombing ⁣at Kabul airport during the withdrawal from Afghanistan recounted the weird visit that President ‍Joe Biden paid him while he ‍was​ in the hospital⁤ recovering.

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Marine Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews, a marine sniper, was ⁣severely injured ‍during the United States military’s evacuation from Afghanistan. Vargas-Andrews lost an and ⁤a leg during the suicide bombing at⁣ Abbey gate that killed‍ 13 American service members, 169‌ Afghan civilians, with at least 150 others ​injured, including ⁢18 U.S. military members.

While recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,⁤ he said that he had been visited by ⁣several ⁤high-ranking⁤ U.S. military officials who wanted to participate in a “photo op”⁣ with him.‌ One of the people ‍that he was visited by was ⁣President Biden.

During the ‌“Shawn Ryan ​Show” the Marine described the disastrous ​withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as his meeting with the president.

Before talking about his meeting with Biden, Vargas-Andrews described the disastrous events that led⁣ to ‍the suicide bombing‍ at Abbey ​gate at the Kabul airport.

He recounted how he had been stationed to oversee the evacuation of the ⁤refugees at Abbey gate. He said⁤ that his unit had received warning of a possible ‍suicide bomber heading towards the gate ⁤and that they were given the description of the individual.

The Marine Sgt. said that him and his sniper both spotted the⁣ individual approaching the gate, ⁤and they had asked ⁤for permission to open fire several ‍times but were denied each time. Even after confirming that​ the individual they had seen⁢ was​ the actual target.

“I requested engagement authority⁤ while my team leader was ready on the M110 ‌semi-automatic sniper system.‍ The ​response: leadership did not have the engagement authority for us.⁣ Do not engage,” Vargas-Andrews said in his‌ testimony before Congress in March. “We asked him if we‍ could ‌shoot. Our battalion‍ commander said,⁢ and⁣ I quote, ‘I don’t know.’”

He​ said that the ⁤target ⁢then dropped out of sight and they lost him in the crowd. Shortly⁣ after they lost sight of the individual,‍ the explosion went off.

The explosion knocked the marine 12 feet back and onto the⁤ ground. ‍As a result of the explosion, he lost ‍an⁤ arm and a leg and required‍ around⁣ 50 ⁣surgeries.

“I’m thrown ​12 feet onto‌ the ground, but instantly knew what had happened. I opened my eyes to⁢ marines dead or unconscious lying around me,” Vargas-Andrews had testified while ‍fighting back tears.

While he was recovering⁢ at the hospital, Vargas-Andrews was asked by generals if he wanted​ to meet the president so he could be thanked for his service. He said he​ welcomed⁢ the idea ‌but told the ‌doctors he wanted to be off the medication during the meeting so he could​ be fully coherent during‍ the ⁤meeting.

The marine was then told that the president⁤ would be arriving in “about ​an hour” to ​meet with him.

“Well, one hour goes by.⁣ Nothing. Two hours go​ by. Nothing,” he said, noting that he continued to hold off on taking his medication. “Three hours go by, and it’s ⁢like⁢ four hours at this ‌point.⁢ My mom’s furious.‍ She’s ​like, ‘What the f—? Where is this guy?’”

Then after around four hours, Secret Service agents began arriving ⁤to secure ⁢the hospital.​ When they finally arrived, he said that ​he was confused because he could not remember ⁣who the president was.

“I had no idea ‍who the ‍president was. ‌I ⁣didn’t think it ‌was Trump. I ⁤didn’t think it was ‌Biden.‍ My brain couldn’t make the⁣ connection,”​ he ⁢said.

He ⁢said ⁤he asked for clarification⁢ from his mother, then soon‌ after the president⁢ arrived.

“Two minutes later, he walks in ⁣with ​Jill⁣ Biden and their ⁣little entourage of‍ people and like a photographer,” he recalled. “Right ⁣away, I remember him coming up to me trying to ​shake​ my hand, shake‌ my‍ right ⁤hand, and I look at him, and I’m like, ‘I don’t have an arm.’ My left‍ arm ‍is in this big a– cast with this giant orange f—ing foam ⁣block around​ it. I’m completely ⁢immobile. All I can do is move my head. He says, ‘Oh,’ ⁢and kind of stands⁣ up⁣ and then goes over to reach for my fingers⁢ … and just like grabs my⁤ fingers. Doesn’t ⁤greet ​me⁤ or anything, just grabbed my fingers. I‍ was like, ‘OK, that’s weird.’”

Vargas-Andrews said that President ‍Biden then⁤ started talking about his son and his son’s service⁣ in the ⁤military⁢ without mentioning the recent events or‍ what‌ had happened ⁢in Afghanistan.

“My mom’s furious ‌at this point and they’re like taking pictures and stuff,” he said.

His mother made it clear to everyone present, including the president, that he should be​ taken⁢ care of by the government “for the rest ⁢of his ‍life.”

“She said that, and I’m sitting‌ there, and‍ he⁣ comes ​over to ​me, he leans over to me” ⁣he said. “And he’s like, ‘What⁤ do you want?’”

“I’m just like confused. ⁣I ‍just got blown up. ‍I just saw my f—ing friends die next to me. I’m like, ‘I just want​ to be⁣ myself,’” Vargas-Andrews said after the⁤ president repeated ‍his ⁣question of “What do you want?”

“He’s ​like, ‘Huh,’ and my‌ mom’s furious, and‍ she’s like, ‘He just wants to be himself. He​ just wants to be him,’” he said. “He goes, ‘Oh, okay,’ and they just ⁤continue to⁣ talk about everything but what⁣ just happened. They just ushered him ‍out of the room. He ⁣didn’t⁢ know what to say. And that was that.”

Vargas-Andrews said that his mother⁢ had tried to reach out to the administration later on to try and pass legislation that would help future military members‌ who get injured and​ their families, but that she was⁢ just‍ “brushed off.”

Vargas-Andrews said⁤ they “pretended⁣ like ‍they were connecting her to the right individuals and didn’t ⁢f—ing help ‍her ⁢at all.”

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