The sister of one of the 11 Marines killed in the Kabul suicide bombing told President Joe Biden to ‘burn in hell’ as she left the dignified transfer of remains ceremony on Sunday, according to a Tuesday report.
Some parents and families further detailed their observations and interactions with Biden during the dignified transfer of service members’s remains arriving back on U.S. soil from Afghanistan.
Mark Schmitz, the father of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, told The Washington Post that he showed a picture of his son to Biden and told the president: ‘Don’t you ever forget that name. Don’t you ever forget that face. Don’t you ever forget the names of the other 12. And take some time to learn their stories.’
He recalled that Biden didn’t seem to like those comments.
‘I do know their stories,’ Schmitz detailed that the president shot back.
Schmitz said that a sister of a fallen troop yelled at the president after receiving the remains on Sunday: ‘I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!’
‘I can’t fault her for it,’ Schmitz told the Post without identifying the relative who screamed at the president. ‘We all lost somebody.’
The families gathered in Dover, Delaware on Sunday where the remains of the 13 troops who died in a suicide bombing near the Kabul airport on Thursday arrived. Biden was at the base for the dignified transfer of the fallen.
Marine Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum’s family was also at Dover Air Force Base on Sunday as his remains returned to the U.S. – and they were given a chance to meet with the president.
Only McCollum’s widow, Jiennah, accepted the meeting.
The family told the Post that Jiennah was left disappointed by her talk with Biden.
One of McCollum’s sisters, Roice, said her brother’s widow thought Biden sounded scripted in their few-minute conversation.
Roice said that during the meeting with Jiennah, Biden showed a ‘total disregard to the loss of our Marine — our brother, son, husband and father.’
‘He cannot possibly understand,’ Roice said. ‘My dad and I did not want to speak to him.’
‘You cannot kneel on our flag and pretend you care about our troops,’ she said. ‘You can’t f**k up as bad as he did and say you’re sorry. This did not need to happen, and every life is on his hands. The thousands of Afghans who will suffer and be tortured is a direct result of his incompetence.’
During an interview with Fox News on Tuesday morning, Rylee’s other sister Cheyenne detailed that she stayed with Jiennah at the start of her conversation with Biden, but walked away when she felt he was being ‘fake.’
‘Roice and my dad chose to leave the room. I chose to stay with my brother’s wife,’ Cheyenne said. ‘She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology.
‘I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk away,’ she continued.
She detailed that Biden ‘would not look us in the eye’ and felt ‘there was not an ounce of sympathy’ coming from him.
‘He tapped her on the knee and said, ‘I know what you’re going through, I lost my son,’ Cheyenne detailed, tapping her sister on the shoulder.
Jim McCollum, Rylee’s father, told Fox & Friends: ‘It was more about his son. My son wasn’t mentioned.’
‘It was his son and about him and nothing to do with the 13,’ he said.
Jiennah married Rylee just six months ago and is due to give birth to his child next mo…