British Newspaper Op-ed Calls 'Exhausted' Joe Biden 'Too Old' to Be President

An op-ed in one of Britain's largest newspapers has taken aim at Joe Biden, calling the 78-year-old president "exhausted" and "too old" to do the job.

Biden has faced a barrage of media criticism over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the harrowing scenes at Kabul airport, but few have focused on the president's age.

The Daily Telegraph's America editorial writer Tim Stanley—a conservative commentator—took aim at the president over his handling of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and claimed he lacked the "necessary acuity" to be commander-in-chief.

The column, published on Monday, repeated several Republican attack lines against the president.

"Biden is too old to be president, which isn't to say that an old person can't lead," the column said of the president, who is the oldest person to take the presidential oath of office.

"Donald Trump is only three years younger, Pope Francis six years older, and Moses's death at 120 was considered premature. Rather, in his case Biden has simply exhausted his once formidable talent and energy, and attempts to pretend that he's a spring chicken have become a bad joke. People are dying because of this man," Stanley added.

Stanley criticized Biden's leadership during the Afghanistan withdrawal, asking why the president rejected a conditions-based withdrawal and why Bagram Air Base was abandoned.

The columnist—a frequent critic of Biden—also writes opinion articles for CNN, which has not held back in recent criticism of Biden.

Stanley ran for the U.K. parliament with the center-left Labour party in 2005, but switched to the Conservatives in 2017.

Biden has repeatedly defended the decision to withdraw and the evacuation of Kabul. On Friday, Biden insisted the U.S.-led operation had made "significant progress," with nearly 6,000 American troops evacuating 5,700 Americans, Afghans, and others on Thursday.

"Any American who wants to come home, we will get you home," Biden said at the White House.

But Stanley's column accused Biden of "hiding away in Camp David" during the start of the crisis and pointed out that Biden did not give a formal press conference until three months into his presidency, suggesting that aides were shielding him from the media.

Stanley said the media might have "hated" Trump, but because he tweeted all of his opinions from 4 a.m. onwards, he was "far more accessible."

The columnist said he agreed with Fox host Tucker Carlson, saying "Biden did the necessary thing in Afghanistan in the worst possible way."

Stanley also accused the Democrats of desperately trying to beat the Republicans in the last election by "nominating the least offensive candidate possible."

It is not the first time someone has criticized the president over his age, with Donald Trump consistently attacking Biden by calling him "Sleepy Joe."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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In an address given on Aug. 16, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden stood by his decision to end America’s longest war, amid turmoil in Afghanistan. One of Britain’s largest newspapers has taken aim at Biden, calling the 78-year-old U.S. president “too old” and “exhausted” to do the job. Getty Images