Parents of US aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped and tortured by ISIS until her death in 2015, criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to save their daughter, in a moving speech at RNC.
Carl and Marsha Mueller on Thursday congratulated President Trump for taking action against their daughter’s kidnappers, saying she would still be alive if he had been in office during her kidnapping.
“Let me say this: Kayla should be here. If Donald Trump had been president when Kayla was captured, she would be here today, ”Carl said.
“The Obama administration kept telling us it was doing everything it could, but their version of everything was not enough,” he added.
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Carl and Marsha Mueller on Thursday congratulated President Trump on taking action against their daughter’s kidnappers, saying she would still be alive if he had been in office during her kidnapping.
Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker, was kidnapped and tortured in Syria between 2013 and 2015. While in captivity, she was raped by former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US officials said. .
Kayla, an international humanitarian worker, was kidnapped in 2013 and held hostage in Syria, where she was sexually assaulted and tortured before dying in 2015 at the age of 26.
ISIS said Mueller was killed near Raqa in February 2015 in an airstrike led by the United States-led international coalition against the jihadists, although his the body was never found.
While in captivity, she was raped by former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US officials said. Al-Baghdadi then committed suicide during a U.S. special forces raid operation in 2019.
The grieving parents accused the Obama administration of not being decisive enough to save Kayla’s life, saying she missed an opportunity to bring her home when she delayed a rescue mission in 2015.
“We put all our faith in the government, but the government has let us down,” added Carl.
“The military has prepared a rescue mission but the White House has delayed it. By the time he went ahead, Kayla had been moved to another location.
“After 18 months of brutal torture, we learned from ISIS that Kayla had been killed.
The grieving parents accused the Obama administration of not being decisive enough to save Kayla’s life as she was held hostage by ISIS operatives in Syria.
Al-Baghdadi committed suicide in U.S. special forces raid operation under Trump’s command in 2019
The Muellers also claimed that Obama refused to meet with them until ISIS had already assassinated other Americans, and said they had yet to hear from the former vice president and now Democratic candidate, Joe Biden.
“The Trump team gave us an empathy that we never received from the Obama administration,” Carl said.
“The Obama administration has said it is doing everything it can. The Trump administration is. What a difference a president makes.
The Muellers then thanked the US military special operators who raided the Al-Baghdadi compound under Trump’s command last October.
“After we learned that Al-Baghdadi had been killed, we learned something else. The operators were named task force 814 after August 14, Kayla’s birthday, ”Carl said.
And they called the mission Operation Kayla Mueller. To these soldiers: thank you. Kayla looked down on you.
Marsha added, “Carl and I support Donald Trump because of his commitment to making and keeping America great, not with the power of government, but with the passion of people like Kayla.
“Americans who, even in the darkest days, always have more fighting inside of them. Americans who don’t just talk, they act.
ISIS reportedly demanded 5 million euros from Kayla’s family, telling them they would send “a photo of Kayla’s corpse” if their demands were not met.
In an interview after Kayla’s death, President Obama defended the government’s policy of refusing to pay ransoms for hostages, saying the United States would do everything in its power “unless it urges future Americans to get caught ”.
“I don’t think it’s accurate… to say that the US government hasn’t done all we can,” Obama told BuzzFeed News.
“I deployed an entire operation – with significant risk – to save not only her, but the other people who had been detained, and I probably missed them by a day or two, precisely because we had that commitment. “
Carl Mueller (R) and Marsha Mueller (C) hold up a photo of their daughter Kayla, killed by ISIS while she was an aid worker in Syria, as they attended the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 4, 2020