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Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has reportedly gone missing while he was believed to be on a rogue mission to evacuate five Americans citizens from Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported.
The Republican congressman reportedly called the US ambassador to Tajikistan in hopes of securing enough cash to rent a helicopter. The congressman was going to rescue a woman and her four children who were stuck in Afghanistan.
Embassy officials told Mullin they could not assist him in skirting Tajikistan’s laws on cash limits on his way to visiting one of the most dangerous places on earth, the Post reported.
The episode marked Mullin’s second attempt to travel to Afghanistan in as many weeks for an unauthorized evacuation effort despite the perilous security environment. Last week, Mullin traveled to Greece and asked the Department of Defense for permission to visit Kabul. The Pentagon denied Mullin’s request, an administration official said.
Mullin’s behavior has alarmed top U.S. officials who say he has gone to extraordinary lengths to defy U.S. warnings. The attempt follows an unauthorized trip to Afghanistan by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass) and Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) last week, which Pentagon and State Department officials criticized as a public relations stunt that sapped government resources during a national-security crisis.Washington Post
As of late Tuesday, U.S. officials said they were unsure of Mullin’s location. Mullin’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, the Post reported.
“To say this is extremely dangerous is a massive understatement,” said a State Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive situation.
On Monday, the congressman tweeted, “I cannot believe we left Americans behind. This is unacceptable and shameful. I will continue to pray for our soldiers, American citizens, and our Afghan allies who are stuck in Afghanistan.”
On Tuesday, McCarthy went silent and walked away after being asked if he had spoken to Mullin or if he knew where the Oklahoman was, the Post reported.
One motto of our military is ‘leave no man behind.’ But today, that’s exactly what President Biden did.— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) August 30, 2021