Tuesday, during an appearance on Newsmax TV, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) criticized President Joe Biden and his administration for its handling of the absence of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after a weeklong stint at the intensive care ward at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this month.

Tuberville speculated White House officials were aware but did not inform Biden out of a lack of respect.

"How would you like to have this guy's job?" Tuberville said. "I mean, they just brought him out there and he didn't know what to say. I mean, it's embarrassing. It's outrageous that the head of the largest military in history has been hops hospitalized for a week. He didn't tell anybody. You know what that tells me? There's no respect for Joe Biden being the president of the United States. Somebody was told, I promise you that, but they didn't tell Biden because, you know, he's the Rodney Dangerfield of being president — no respect."

"This puts us in danger," he continued. "Thank God our enemies didn't take advantage of it. You know, these people just spent months lecturing me about acting officials — you know these promotions I've been holding for abortion. They have been telling me Senator Tuberville's holding back on military readiness and we have an AWOL secretary of defense that doesn't tell anybody. I mean, it's absolutely amazing what these clowns are doing, and just it puts people in harm's way. You know, at the end of the day, this is Joe Biden's responsibility. He should have been fired. Trump would have fired him the first time he heard about it."

"And even though you know, we feel bad about him being sick, you've got to do your job," Tuberville added. "Your job is to communicate. Tell people to take over. I've got problems and everything. It's just amazing."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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