CBS chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes called the bombing outside the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday – killing 12 U.S. service members and injuring 15 others – “the worst day” of Joe Biden’s presidency.
Teeing up Cordes, CBS host Norah O’Donnell also called what happened on Thursday “the worst day of the Biden presidency.”
“It’s the worst day of the Biden presidency, Norah, and it is the deadliest day for U.S. service members in a decade, since August of 2011, when 30 Americans lost their lives when a helicopter was shot down, so this is a very momentous time for this White House. We have not seen the president yet today.”
She mentioned that the president was in the Situation Room meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley. She added that Biden “spoke with commanders on the ground.”
“Since then, he has been in the Oval Office,” she added.
Biden is scheduled to address the nation at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Cordes also mentioned that the flags at the White House are still at full-staff.
O’Donnell said that what happened in Kabul on Thursday is “the ultimate nightmare scenario.”
“President Biden wanted to get out of Afghanistan,” she said. “He wanted to end our commitment after 20 years.”
O’Donnell went on to say that the withdrawal “has become extremely chaotic.”
“They have succeeded in getting out 100,000 people out. But now it has resulted in 27 casualties,” she said.
Cordes said, “This one incident is going to create political division in this town, possibly for years to town. We’re already seeing members of Congress, Republicans, come out and saying ‘this is what you expect when the withdrawal has been so chaotic.”
In total, 90 people were killed, while 150 others were injured in the explosion.
Watch above, via CBS News.
UPDATE 11:56 am ET FRIDAY: The Pentagon corrected the record on Friday and said that there was one explosion, not two.
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