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After alarming reports that Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s whereabouts were unknown, Mullin announced he is safe and on his way back to the U.S.
For a period of time Tuesday night, neither House Republicans nor Oklahoma’s delegation had information about Mullin’s status. Mullin had been on a trip in Afghanistan to rescue Americans.
“I am heading home,” Mullin said on Instagram, explaining why he went off the grid.
“Have we been helping get Americans out of Afghanistan, yes. Is the mission continuing, yes. Am I missing, no. Did I go dark for a little, yes because it wasn’t safe to be communicating.”
In the same IG post, Mullin blasted President Biden, who he then accused of lying.
“President Biden and his administration are absolutely lying to the American people about Americans and our friends being left behind. So many great Americans, many who are Veterans and many who are not, are stepping up to keep our promise….. We will never leave an American behind.”
Those accusations appear accurate, sadly.
As for the trip, Mullin’s quest to rescue Americans hit two significant roadblocks along the way.
First, the Pentagon denied his request to visit Kabul from Greece. Then, according to a report in the Washington Post, Mullin had landed in Tajikistan en route to Afghanistan when the U.S. embassy stopped him.
At the second stop, Mullin planned to hire a helicopter to enter Afghanistan and rescue five American citizens, a woman and her four children. However, the ambassador wouldn’t let him because Mullin was carrying “large sums of cash,” which violated Tajikistan’s cash limit laws.
The Post says Mullin threatened a U.S. ambassador after the second denial. Keep in mind, the Post’s definition of “threatened” varies by subject. So I’m not taking the outlet’s word for it.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s efforts are heroic. The real kind, not the Michael Byrd type.