An Oklahoma Republican representative on Wednesday said he is returning home from Georgia after failing to get help from the US embassy in Tajikistan to rescue a family by helicopter from Afghanistan.
Congressman Markwayne Mullin, 44, announced along with a selfie on Instagram: “I’m going home.”
“I am extremely disappointed in how we (United States) left Americans … that would be an understatement,” Mullin wrote in his post on Wednesday. “President Biden and his administration are absolutely lying to the American people that Americans and our friends are left behind.”
“So many great Americans, many who are Veterans and many who are not, are standing up to keep our promise,” he added.
“We will never leave an American behind.”
At least 100 U.S. citizens seeking evacuation from Afghanistan were left behind because Joe Biden felt it was more important to meet the August 31 withdrawal deadline than to keep troops in the country to get U.S. citizens safely out.
Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he is “going home” from Georgia after failing to convince US diplomats in Tajikistan to transfer money so he can start a rescue mission in Afghanistan for an American mother and her four children could perform
Mullin reportedly threatened Ambassador to Tajikistan John Mark Pommersheim when his request to transfer money for the bailout was denied
The president has vowed to work to get US citizens out of Afghanistan with no troops present to assist and has also pledged to get Afghan allies out, as they have quickly become targets for retaliation from the Taliban.
In his first remarks since the withdrawal of Afghanistan on Tuesday, Biden praised the mission as an “extraordinary success” and greeted the 120,000 people who had been brought to safety in “one of the largest airlifts in history.”
Mullin disagreed that the evacuations were plentiful, but said more needed to be done.
‘Did we help Americans out of Afghanistan, yes. Does the mission continue, yes,” he wrote on Instagram.
He also assured that he was not “missing” while waiting in Georgia to enter Afghanistan for a rescue mission, but instead “went dark” because “it was not safe to communicate.”
In an appeal Monday, Mullin asked the US embassy in Tajikistan to help transport a huge amount of cash as part of an effort to travel to neighboring Afghanistan to rescue an American woman and her four children by helicopter.
The response was that the embassy could not support such a dangerous mission, leading an enraged Mullin to threaten U.S. Ambassador John Mark Pommersheim and embassy staff, according to the report. Washington Post.
“To say this is extremely dangerous is a huge understatement,” a State Department official told the paper on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
Mullin, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter turned congressman, told officials he wanted to fly from Tblisi, Georgia, to Tajikistan’s capital Dunshanbe within hours, and needed the ambassador’s help.
But the embassy told him they couldn’t help him break the country’s borders to bring cash into the country. Nor could they support such a dangerous plan.
Mullin assured he was safe on Wednesday after US officials said they didn’t know his location after being denied help in his rescue attempt
Pictured is the US Embassy in Tajikistan, which Mullin approached for help with his mission
It was reportedly his second attempt to reach Afghanistan for a private rescue bid,
He reached Greece last week but was denied permission from the Pentagon to continue to Kabul, a government official said.
Officials are wary of similar missions following an unauthorized trip by deputies Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer last week, who were denounced as ill-considered publicity stunts at a time when armed forces were already overloaded at Kabul airport.
Late Tuesday, U.S. officials told the Washington Post they were unsure of Mullin’s location and his office had failed to respond to multiple requests for comment.
The last American troops left Afghanistan just before midnight on Monday.
It ended America’s 20 Years War and ended with a massive evacuation effort.
The US military helped evacuate more than 120,000 people, including US citizens, allies and high-risk Afghans from Kabul airport.
The chaotic airlift was bolstered by a range of private companies, from veterans who used their military know-how to help their Afghan allies reach the airport to charter planes gathering women fearing for their future under the Taliban.
Mullin condemned US withdrawal for leaving stranded Americans behind on Monday
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 US citizens were left behind and diplomatic efforts were already underway to find new avenues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued another level 4 travel advice for the country on Monday.
“Do not travel to Afghanistan because of civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, terrorism, kidnapping and COVID-19,” it read.
Mullin is not a US military veteran, unlike Moulton and Meijer.
The Republican was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012.
He has been an outspoken critic of the Biden administration’s departure from Afghanistan.
“This is a sad day for our country,” Mullin said in a Twitter message Monday night.
“Americans have been stranded in Afghanistan by the Biden administration and must now defend themselves against terrorists who overrun the country.
‘A motto of our army is ‘Leave no one behind’. But today that is exactly what President Biden did.”