DEVELOPING STORY: Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) missed today’s vote on the Republican party’s nomination for House Speaker. That’s because the decorated military veteran was in Israel — helping to evacuate several dozen of his constituents from the war zone.
The Republican lawmaker told The Floridian that his trip to Israel was “helping and showing solidarity with our Israeli brethren and helping Americans evacuate.”
Mills said he was disgusted by reports that the Biden Administration was not helping Americans get out of the country. So far he’s rescued 32 Americans and plans to stay for as long as possible.
“There are still a lot of Americans trying to get out,” Mills told Fox News. “They have no plan. They have no strategy to get these Americans out who are trapped – and these church groups who have been left behind.”
There are as many as 16,000 stuck in Israel, Fox News reported.
“Since the Biden administration has failed to do their job once again, i’ve stepped in to rescue Americans stranded in war-torn Israel,” he said. “While the administration has a record of leaving Americans behind, I refuse to be a part of their reckless inaction.”
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) blasted the Biden administration – and called for immediate help.
“After going through this with both Afghanistan and Ukraine, it’s unconscionable that the Biden Administration is not executing a plan to safely get American citizens home as soon as possible,” she said. “If other countries like Poland have military planes on the ground and are conducting evacuations, there’s no reason why the U.S. is not doing the same. We need immediate action from President Biden, the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense to get commercial, charter and military planes on the ground to get Americans home as quickly as possible.”
“I hope we don’t see a repeat of what happened in 2021 in Afghanistan when Americans were left behind and abandoned by this administration,” Mills said. “I hope we can get as many Americans out as possible.”
Since the Biden admin has failed to do their job once again, I've stepped in to rescue Americans stranded in war-torn Israel.— Rep. Cory Mills 🇺🇸 (@RepMillsPress) October 11, 2023
In 2021, I was part of the team that conducted the first successful overland rescue mission of Americans from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S.… pic.twitter.com/2S1RDqAjWp
Congressman Cory Mills with the US citizens he evacuated from Israel— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) October 11, 2023
So far he’s saved 32 Americans and going back for more. Told me he won’t stop until he’s an impediment or can’t get them out pic.twitter.com/PmhrZGrYE2