Gold Star Dad Tells House Foreign Affairs Committee: ‘There Couldn’t Be Anything More Disgusting’ Than Biden’s Afghan Pullout Stance

During a Gold Star Family roundtable of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mark Schmitz, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, spoke about the Biden Administration’s response to the deaths of US troops and his son’s death during the attack at Abbey Gate during the Afghanistan withdrawal. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a roundtable with Gold Star families on August 29, 2023 to discuss the Abbey Gate terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

The meeting was held at 1:00 PM in the Longworth House Office Building.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul announced on August 23, 2023 the full committee will hold a roundtable discussion with some of the family members of the U.S. service members killed in the terrorist attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA)’s Abbey Gate on August 26, 2021. The attack happened during the emergency evacuation from Afghanistan following the Taliban seizing control of the country on August 15, 2021. Thirteen U.S. servicemembers were killed and 45 more were wounded in the attack, making it the deadliest day for U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan since 2011.

Gold Star father Mark Schmitz called President Biden a “disgrace”.


What: A Gold Star Families Roundtable: Examining the Abbey Gate Terrorist Attack

Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Time: 1:00pm ET

Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building


Darin Hoover and Kelly Barnett
Parents of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover

Steve Nikoui
Father of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem M. Nikoui

Coral Briseno
Mother of Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez

Alicia and Herman Lopez
Parents of Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez

Cheryl Rex
Mother of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dylan R. Merola

Rick Herrera
Father of Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee

Christy Shamblin
Mother-in-law of Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee

Paula Knauss Selph
Mother of Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Christian Knauss

Greg Page
Father of Marine Corps Corporal Daegan W. Page

Mark and Jaclyn Schmitz
Father and Stepmother of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz

The meeting was webcast.