North Carolina Billboard Depicts Joe Biden Eating Ice Cream While Afghanistan Falls

A digital billboard in North Carolina has depicted President Joe Biden eating an ice cream cone superimposed over an image of a helicopter evacuating people from the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan, amid the fallout of the U.S. withdrawing its troops from the country.

The billboard in Wilmington, North Carolina, which was first reported on by WECT on Wednesday, is also flashing up a second picture on the screen showing Biden peeking out of a window behind closed blinds, before other advertisements are shown again.

Donald Tedder, president of Tedder Outdoor Media which owns the billboard, confirmed to the local outlet that the adverts depicting Biden were purchased by an individual, but said that he could not give any identifying details due to privacy concerns.

Tedder revealed that he has sold billboard spaces to clients from several different political persuasions including for the animal rights organization Peta, and confirmed that he would run positive ads depicting Biden if a client asked for one.

The adverts caught the attention of Donald Trump Jr on Wednesday evening, who posted two pictures of the slides featuring Biden to his Instagram page after being sent them by a friend.

"This is apparently a billboard in Wilmington, North Carolina from pics that a buddy sent me." Trump Jr wrote. "They get it thanks guys hopefully the rest of the world doesn't have to keep learning the hard way about the Biden administration's incompetence."

Biden has faced criticism in recent days for his handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which saw the Taliban take control of Kabul late last week and has left thousands of American citizens stuck in the country.

The ongoing situation in Afghanistan has also seen hundreds of Afghans trying to flee the country by climbing onto military planes after the Taliban took control.

Biden has pledged to provide Special Immigration Visas to help relocate thousands of Afghan interpreters and translators. Some have since been relocated out of the country and are in an undisclosed location while the visa applications are processed for approval.

The troops were officially ordered out of the area by Biden in April and the Taliban took control of the country just a few weeks before they were scheduled to leave on September 11 of this year.

Republicans have united in criticism of Biden for the troop drawdown, as senior GOP figures including Liz Cheney and Ted Cruz published critical remarks about the president, with the latter calling the scenes in Afghanistan "an embarrassing spectacle, a diplomatic humiliation and a national security catastrophe."

Biden made his first remarks on Afghanistan for a week at the White House on Monday, where he dismissed criticism of his decision to withdraw troops from the region, saying: "If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision."

Biden also noted that he "inherited" a deal from former President Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, before once again backing the decision, saying: "American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves."

Newsweek has contacted Tedder Outdoor Media and the White House for comment.

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program in the East Room of the White House on August 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. A digital billboard has been erected in North Carolina depicting President Joe Biden eating an ice cream cone superimposed over an image of a helicopter evacuating people from the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images