Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., whose whereabouts had been unknown as he was on a reported journey to rescue Individuals from Afghanistan, says he’s secure and on his means again to the U.S.
For a time frame Tuesday night time, neither Home Republican management nor Oklahoma’s delegation had details about Mullin’s standing, however he has since posted an replace on Instagram explaining why he went off the grid.
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“I’m heading residence,” Mullin stated in a Wednesday morning submit. “Have we been serving to get Individuals out of Afghanistan, sure. Is the mission persevering with, sure. Am I lacking, no. Did I am going darkish for slightly, sure as a result of it wasn’t secure to be speaking.”
Mullin went on to criticize President Biden for his dealing with of the evacuation of Individuals and allies from Afghanistan in the course of the U.S. navy’s withdrawal, which left greater than 100 Individuals remaining.
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“President Biden and his administration are completely mendacity to the American individuals about Individuals and our associates being left behind,” he stated.
Mullin’s communications director Meredith Blanford stated Wednesday that the congressman was by no means at risk.
“Congressman Mullin has been and is at present fully secure,” Blanford stated in an announcement. “He and the Workplace of Oklahoma’s Second District will proceed to do something in our energy to convey residence all Individuals from the struggle zone that President Biden deserted. The security and safety of the American individuals will at all times be his high precedence.”
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Based on a Washington Submit report, Mullin had landed in Tajikistan en path to Afghanistan, and bumped into bother on the U.S. embassy there when making an attempt to get a big sum of money into Afghanistan. Mullin reportedly deliberate to rent a helicopter to enter Afghanistan and rescue 5 Americans – a girl, and her 4 kids, and he sought the ambassador’s assist, the Washington Submit reported. He reportedly sought the ambassador’s help in bypassing Tajikistan’s legal guidelines on money limits, and allegedly threatened the ambassador and employees once they informed him no.
The Georgian Embassy within the U.S. informed Fox Information that Mullin had been in Tbilisi, Georgia over the weekend.
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It was the second time Mullin tried to journey into Afghanistan, in response to the newspaper. He traveled to Greece final week and requested permission to enter Afghanistan, however the Pentagon denied his request to go to Kabul, an administration official stated.
Fox Information’ Kelly Phares, Chad Pergram, Aishah Hasnie, and David Aaro contributed to this report.