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President Joe Biden honors the dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. military service members who were killed by an August 26 suicide bombing at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., August 29, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

Some relatives of the service members who lost their lives in Kabul last week have said that President Biden was dismissive and rude during their meeting with him on Sunday.

Biden met with families after they received the remains of their loved ones at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Many members of the family of Rylee McCollum, a 20-year-old Marine killed in the ISIS suicide attack outside the airport, did not meet in person with Biden, Rylee’s sister Roice told the Washington Post. However, McCollum’s widow Jiennah, who is due to give birth in weeks, met with Biden and said the president kept checking his watch and speaking about his own deceased son Beau, according to Roice.

“My dad and I did not want to speak to him,” Roice said. “You cannot kneel on our flag and pretend you care about our troops. You can’t f*** up as bad as he did and say you’re sorry.”

Mark Schmitz, whose 20-year-old son Jared was killed in Kabul, was more ambivalent towards the president. Schmitz told the Post “my interest was lost” when Biden began talking about Beau.

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