Scalise: 'This is President Biden's Saigon moment'

Scalise: 'This is President Biden's Saigon moment'
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' House sets up Senate shutdown showdown GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots MORE (R-La.) on Sunday said the likely fall of Kabul to the Taliban is "President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE’s Saigon moment."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Scalise said House lawmakers had been briefed of the situation in Afghanistan by the secretaries of State and Defense, though the Louisiana Republican said some things could not be discussed due to the real-time nature of events as they unfolded.

"It's a very dire situation when you see the United States Embassy being evacuated. In fact you just had President Biden a few days ago saying you wouldn't see helicopters evacuating the embassy like Saigon, and yet here we are. This is this is President Biden's Saigon moment and unfortunately it was very predictable," Scalise said.

"It seems like many in President Biden's intelligence community got this devastatingly wrong and I think a lot of questions will be asked later about why just weeks ago they were saying something completely different than what we're seeing on the ground today and in Afghanistan," he added.

Guest host Nancy Cordes asked Scalise for his thoughts on Biden appearing to place some onus on former President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE who had reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw U.S. troops prior to leaving office.

"You're seeing a lot of finger-pointing and blaming ... You know, there used to be a saying that the buck stops here on the president's desk to blame everybody else. But look, President Trump had an agreement in place, that was conditions-based and those conditions were not met in fact many of the conditions included that the Taliban wouldn't overtake the cities that they have now overtaken under President Biden's leadership," Scalise said.

Scalise said the ease with which the Taliban was able to overtake much of Afghanistan sent a "concerning message to our allies around the world" as well as America's adversaries like China, which has signalled it will recognize the Taliban if it takes control of Afghanistan.

"So it's an epic failure on President Biden's foreign policy," he added.