Joe Biden Approval Rating Hits Record Low Amid Afghanistan Crisis

President Joe Biden's approval rating has hit the lowest point of his White House tenure as he faces criticism over the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

According to FiveThirtyEight's tracker, which puts together a weighted average of polling, the president's approval rating is 50 percent.

The figure, as of August 13, marked the lowest point the tracker has hit thus far since Biden was inaugurated. His disapproval rating of 43.8 percent is also at its highest point so far.

In the first rating polled after Biden entered office, his approval was at 53 percent and disapproval at 36 percent.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on Biden's approval rating.

The drop in approval comes as Biden faces staunch criticism over the impact of the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The previous administration announced the plan to withdraw and it has been carried out under Biden.

Kabul was entered by the Taliban on Sunday. Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, and many others have attempted to follow. Footage has shown people fall to their deaths having tried to hold on to departing U.S. military aircraft in their desperation to leave.

A Taliban official said they will soon announce the renaming of the country to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Political opponents have rounded on the situation and targeted Biden. On Sunday, former President Donald Trump urged Biden to resign over the situation.

In a statement on Saturday, Biden took issue with Trump's actions in regard to Afghanistan.

"When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500," Biden said.

"Therefore, when I became President, I faced a choice—follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our forces and our allies' forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country's civil conflict. I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan—two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth."

Previous comments from Biden have been brought into question. On announcing the August 31 withdrawal date, he said he did not think a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was inevitable.

He also said there would be "no circumstance" people would be airlifted from the embassy in Afghanistan. This resurfaced on social media after images did show people being taken by helicopter from the consulate in Kabul.

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during an East Room event at the White House August 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Biden's approval rating is at its lowest point in his tenure so far. Alex Wong/Getty Images