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Rep. Kat Cammack to Newsmax: I Watched the Taliban Execute Our Translator

(Newsmax's "Spicer & Co.")

By    |   Monday, 30 August 2021 07:23 PM

Saying she is "absolutely, utterly disgusted" at the "total and utter incompetence of this administration," Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., told Newsmax she had to watch the Taliban execute a translator that was attempting to help her office get Americans and allies out of Afghanistan.

"They may say that the war is over, that the conflict is over — it isn't until every single American gets home," Cammack told Monday's "Spicer & Co." "So until that president, that man in the White House who claims to be commander in chief decides to do something different, we will make sure that we are putting people above politics."

Cammack had more pointed words for President Joe Biden and the Defense and State departments, saying she was "furious, heartbroken and pissed off" the last flight out of Afghanistan left with some U.S. citizens left behind enemy lines.

"He certainly has made it clear, abundantly clear, they're about nothing, nothing, but a political outcome centered around [the] 9/11 anniversary of one of the most devastating attacks on American soil," Cammack told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith. "We will get our people home. And as you can probably tell, I'm pretty upset right now. I just I am absolutely utterly disgusted."

Cammack claimed her staff and other members in Congress were working to get Americans and allies on planes, but were undermined by the Biden administration giving those names to the Taliban, which ultimately blocked their passage and led to the execution of the translator that was working with them.

"For the last 72 hours, I have had direct contact with the Department of Defense, with the Department of State, giving them [a] list of American citizens who had to make multiple trips to the gates because this administration gave the information for our American citizens and our allies to the Taliban — and they actively sought them out," she said. "So we kept having to change the safe houses and change the routes to get around the Taliban checkpoint.

"And you know what happened last night after the third attempt of us trying to get four American citizens along with several green card holders and SIVs out? They killed our translator. And they video-recorded it.

"I had to sit there and watch as a 20-year-old who had been helping Americans since he was 15 years old was beaten and executed by the Taliban."

Cammack lamented that Biden's withdrawal cost the lives of 13 U.S. service members in a suicide bombing last week at an airport gate in Kabul.

"We have Marines who have given their lives," she said. "We have families here at home who will never see their loved ones again because of the total and utter incompetence of this administration."

Cammack vowed to bring that message to Congress in order to hold the administration accountable for the loss of lives.

"This will absolutely not stand," she added. "We will be holding this administration accountable across the board."

Step one, Cammack said, is getting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to bring the House back into session from summer vacation.

"How is it that Congress is on recess, that this administration has been on vacation?" Cammack said. "No member of Congress should be on vacation while a single American is left behind.

"That is why we have been screaming at the top of our lungs that Nancy Pelosi needs to reconvene Congress. We need to get back in session ASAP, because clearly there is no leadership happening at the highest levels, so we need to step in."

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Saying she is "absolutely, utterly disgusted" at the "total and utter incompetence of this administration," Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., told Newsmax she had to watch the Taliban execute a translator that was attempting to help her office get Americans out.
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