The Department of State stated on Monday that they had helped four Americans escape from Afghanistan, a claim the rescue team of the Americans responsible for the evacuation says is a lie.
Florida congressional candidate and former Army veteran Cory Mills said that he worked with a group of Army veterans to help the four Americans, a woman named Mariam and her three children, get out of Afghanistan and back home to the United States. Mills blasted the State Department for a statement released Monday implying that the evacuation had support from U.S. officials and that the Taliban permitted the operation, according to Fox News.
"This is an attempt to save face by the administration for the Americans they left behind," Mills told the outlet. "This is a woman with three children from age 15 all the way down to 2-years-old. And they did nothing to try to expedite this … But at the very last minute you have these ‘senior officials’ at the State Department trying to claim credit for this like, ‘Oh yeah, look what we've done.'"
Mills said that they initially planned to get Mariam and her children out of the country through the Kabul airport, but the Taliban blocked the family's entry. They then tried to get the family on a flight from Mazar-i-Sharif airport, but the planes were never cleared for departure, according to the congressional candidate.
The team was reportedly able to evacuate the family on Monday by crossing the border to a neighboring country. The nation that the family crossed into is being withheld to avoid compromising future rescue missions.
A State Department spokesperson told Fox News that they provided an overland route to the family on Monday. The department said they worked to facilitate the family's safe passage and that embassy officials greeted the Americans once they had crossed the border.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who claimed yesterday to have played a part in the family's rescue, called the State Department's statement in their role as a "flat out lie" and that the Biden administration abandoned them.
"This is a flat out lie. The Biden Administration abandoned them," Mullin said on Twitter.
"Let’s be clear, it was our team of patriots who worked around the clock for two weeks to get them out, despite the many roadblocks from the State Department," he added.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis