Congressman Markwayne Mullin headed home after attempts to help in Afghanistan

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin attempted to travel to Afghanistan to help Americans leave the country before the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw ground troops.

Mullin planned to hire a helicopter to enter Afghanistan and rescue five American citizens – a woman, and her four children, and he sought the Tajikistan ambassador’s help, the Washington Post reported. He needed assistance bypassing Tajikistan’s laws on cash limits.

But when embassy officials told him no, Mullin allegedly threatened U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan, John Mark Pommersheim, and embassy staff, according to the paper.

Early Wednesday morning, Mullin said on Instagram he’s “heading home.”

“Have we been helping get Americans out of Afghanistan, yes.” he posted. “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. Am I extremely disappointed in how We (United States) left Americans behind… that would be an understatement. President Biden and his administration is absolutely lying to the American people about Americans and our friends being left behind. So many great Americans many who are Veterans and many not are stepping up to keep our promise….. We will never leave an American behind.”

Oklahoma Congressman Kevin Hern said he hasn’t heard from Mullin but did see the reports circulating in the media.

“Well, clearly now, with no military there, it is a very dangerous mission,” Hern told radio partner KRMG. “There are, quite frankly, we have a lot of special operators, former special operators on the ground that have created and these groups of folks to go get our American citizens out. And there’s a lot of time. I don’t want to say a whole lot about it. Because I don’t want to give away any so private contractors are being used now.”

Just around 5 p.m. Wednesday, FOX23 obtained an update from a briefing where the State Department spokesperson Edward Price, answered a question about Congressman Mullin, saying that travel to Afghanistan is not safe and not recommended.