US Marine Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews went on the Shawn Ryan podcast and shared his awkward exchange with Joe Biden shortly after losing his arm and a leg in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Vargas-Andrews was one of the service members who were severely injured while guarding the Kabul airport during the Biden admin’s Afghanistan withdrawal operation.
After receiving hospital treatment at Walter Reed National Military Center, Sgt. Vargas-Andrews said he was visited by several military leaders and Joe Biden for “photo-ops.”
Vargas-Andrews then explained “Right away, I remember Biden coming up to me trying to shake my hand, shake my right hand, and I look at him, and I’m like, ‘I don’t have an arm.’ My left arm is in this big a– cast with this giant orange f—ing foam block around it. I’m completely immobile. All I can do is move my head.”
Watch him share his story here:
WATCH: Marine Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews tells @ShawnRyan762 about his odd visit with Joe Biden at Walter Reed after recovering from double-amputation surgery.
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Fox News reported these details:
A Marine who was severely injured during the U.S. military’s evacuation from Afghanistan in August 2021 recalled an awkward encounter he had with President Biden after he arrived at a hospital for treatment in the United States.
Describing his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews, who lost an arm and leg as a result of the suicide bombing that took place outside the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport, said he was greeted by a number of U.S. military officials who were looking to participate in “photo ops” with him – including the president.
The comments from Vargas-Andrews came during a recent appearance on the “Shawn Ryan Show,” where he described the withdrawal from Afghanistan and how he ended up meeting with Biden.
“I had no idea who the president was. I didn’t think it was Trump. I didn’t think it was Biden. My brain couldn’t make the connection,” he said.
Upon learning from his mother that the president was Biden, Vargas-Andrews said he leaned back and said, “Oh my f—ing God.”
“Two minutes later, he walks in with Jill Biden and their little entourage of people and like a photographer,” he recalled. “Right away, I remember him coming up to me trying to shake my hand, shake my right hand, and I look at him, and I’m like, ‘I don’t have an arm.’ My left arm is in this big a– cast with this giant orange f—ing foam block around it. I’m completely immobile. All I can do is move my head.”
Watch Sgt. Vargas-Andrews interview with Shawn Ryan below: