A guest on a panel put together for a CNN episode of "Inside Politics" criticized President Joe Biden's weak leadership since the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
Sunday's panel was made up of Melanie Zanona, a CNN correspondent who covers Capitol Hill regularly; Molly Ball, a political correspondent for Time Magazine; and Bloomberg's White House correspondent Jordan Fabian.
"It's an environment of overall discontent," commented host, Abby Phillip.
"People correctly perceive that he's not in control of the situation," Ball chimed in, talking about the president, opining that, in her opinion, things started to go the wrong way when the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in August.
"And I think ever since that Afghanistan last summer, people have had—voters overall—have not had a sense of leadership from the White House, have not had a sense that there's a president in control, who is strong and consistent and knows what he's doing and can project a consistent message from one day or the next."
Multiple clips were played of congressional Democrats distancing themselves from Biden, with Ball noting that should also ring some "alarm bells" for the president.
"It is a sign that they sense that there is nothing to be gained by continuing to be allies of the president," Ball said of Biden's fellow Democrats.
Ball said Biden continues to "step on his own messaging," referring to the contradictory statements the president has made in recent months, causing the White House to do damage control amid Russia's war on Ukraine.
Biden's approval rating continues to plummet during his time in office with CNN's latest poll placing the president at 39 percent, while Quinnipiac University polling found 33 percent of Americans approve of Biden's job performance compared to 54 percent who disapprove. A recent poll found only 21 percent of young Americans in the 18-34 age demographic approve of Biden's performance.
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