• Republicans calling for Biden's resignation include Sen. Hawley and Rep. Jackson
  • White House press secretary urges unity amid calls for Biden's resignation
  • 13 American servicemen died in the bombing attacks in Kabul on Thursday

A group of Republican politicians Thursday called for President Joe Biden to resign or be impeached following the bombing attacks at the Kabul airport that killed at least 70 people, including more than a dozen U.S. service members.

Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, urged Biden to step down from his position over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis. However, she also voiced concerns over Vice President Kamala taking over the seat.

"Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan? Yes," Haley wrote in a tweet. "But that would leave us with Kamala Harris which would be ten times worse. God help us."

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., also blamed the president for the loss of lives in Kabul and said that he does not have the capacity to lead.

“This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign,” he tweeted.

Some Republicans also called for an impeachment trial against the president, with Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, claiming that Biden has committed “gross negligence” in Afghanistan.

“If President Trump can be impeached over a phone call, then the time has come to IMPEACH Biden for gross negligence in Afghanistan. Americans deserve better. We deserve better than someone who willfully IGNORES the WORST crisis in decades," he said in a tweet.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said Biden was unfit to be commander in chief and that he "has blood on his hands.”

"The buck stops with the President of the United States," she tweeted.

Calls for Biden’s resignation and impeachment come after a group of ISIS-affiliated militants set off two bombs outside Kabul’s main airport around 5 p.m. local time. The bombing led to the death of at least 60 Afghans, 11 U.S. Marine troops and two more American servicemen. At least 140 were also injured in the attack.

Dismissing calls from Republicans asking Biden to resign, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki urged Americans to “stand with us” in going after the people responsible for the bombing.

“It’s not a day for politics, and we would expect that any American, elected or not, would stand with us in our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live. And to honoring the memory of service members. And that’s what this day is for,” she said, according to CNN.

President Biden has pledged that he would hunt down the terrorists responsible for the attack and respond with force.

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U.S. President Joe Biden. AFP / JIM WATSON