A member of the House Intelligence Committee took a trip to the Afghanistan region and asserts that President Biden has “blood” on his hands and has lied about the crisis there and the purported ease of Americans getting to the airport when it was under U.S. control.
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla) discussed on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier an eye-opening overseas trip that he took in an attempt to rescue 20 Americans.
Mullin explained in the interview Friday that based on his experience, the conditions described by Biden for Americans in the Middle Eastern country were blatant lies. After practically dozens of hours on the phone with the State Department and flying to Asia in his bid to sponsor a flight for the group of Americans seeking to return home, he explained that it was, in fact, very difficult if not impossible for Americans to reach the Kabul airport, despite official reports to the contrary.
“I want to make it very clear. I wasn’t looking to try to get in Afghanistan. … [P]eople started calling me wanting help. And we had been getting friends of mine that were in the service that said ‘Can you help our interpreter get out?’ – which we had a lot of conversations about that,” the congressman explained. “Then we started getting phone calls from people that had family members or friends that were American citizens.”
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He attempted to land in Kabul but was denied landing multiple times as he circled the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“Every time they canceled, the agency that was trying to get us in would give us a new one. They actually went into the tower to say let them land. We were on the phone with them texting. We couldn’t talk. We were texting back and forth and they kept issuing us a new one. And they would never let us in Afghanistan,” he recalled, adding that he believes the delay contributed to at least one of the U.S. citizens he was attempting to help escape disappearing or dying.
“Unfortunately, one of our American citizens and her 2-year-old son and I believe it was her father to which I had passports on – we lost contact on because they were at Abbey Gate and a few hours later the Abbey Gate blew up. We haven’t had any contact with them since. I believe it’s because they were caught up in that. So what they did by playing politics on this, for whatever reason – I don’t know who shut us down, but I think it was 100 percent directed from the State Department.”
He also called out Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim in Tajikistan for being “not helpful at all,” saying the diplomat told him he was directed not to assist.
“We’re trying to do a job that President Biden wouldn’t do,” Mullin recalled telling Pommersheim.
Mullin believes that reports of the ease for Americans and visa holders to gain access to the Kabul airport was another Biden lie based on a recording in his possession from a mother of four who tried five times to get through the Taliban checkpoints. The last time, the Taliban pointed a gun at her head.
“This one young lady and her four kids to which I have recordings of, we were recording as we were walking through because I was on the phone with the State Department for 12 hours trying to get someone from the State Department to come out of the [airport] gate to get her for 12 hours – I have it recorded,” he said.
“Tell them they’re waiting on us. Give them your name. They know you are coming. Five times she approached this guard with the Taliban, the last time they stuck a pistol to her head with her kids there,” he said. He explained that after the final attempt, she became ill and did not attempt to reach the airport again.
“Here we are the United States government and we are negotiating with the Taliban to get American citizens out and then the president of the United States is going to go to the mic and say that every American that wanted out got out? I have a list of 50 that want out that they haven’t got out. I have a list of 50 that we have ran out of Kabul and put in safe houses around Afghanistan that I promise you they wanted out,” he said.
Mullin believes that the Taliban will tire of the evacuation attempts and stop letting Americans through the checkpoints.
“And when I say that blood is on his hands, that means President Biden’s hands. I mean that with everything in my heart,” he said.
“It’s his fault. I wouldn’t have been over there – I wouldn’t have even thought about going if it wasn’t for his failure,” he added. “I wouldn’t have put my life in danger. I wouldn’t have put my kids and my wife through that I wouldn’t have put anybody through it.”
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