Nor did they ever hear from Barry!
The parents of a young aid worker kidnapped by ISIS in Syria, raped repeatedly by its leader, and later killed, on Thursday contrasted the response of the Trump administration and that of its predecessor to their family’s plight.
“The Trump team gave us empathy we never received from the Obama administration……The Obama administration said it was doing everything it could……..The Trump administration is.”Carl Mueller
Daughter Kayla was held by the terrorists for 18 months before her death in early 2015.
Kayla Mueller was kidnapped in Aleppo in August 2013, days before her 25th birthday.
Her father, speaking alongside his wife, Marsha, took up the story.
“Kayla was mostly held in a 12’ by 12’ cell, in solitary confinement. It was cold and dirty,” he said. “ISIS terrorists shined bright lights in her face. They shaved her head. They beat her and tortured her. The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, raped her repeatedly.”
“For 18 months she endured……And we endured an agonizing back-and-forth between us, the Obama administration, and ISIS.”Carl Mueller
“We put all our faith in the government. But our government let us down,” Mueller said. “President Obama refused to meet with us until ISIS had already beheaded other Americans.”
“To this day, we’ve never heard from Joe Biden.”Carl Mueller
According to previously published accounts, ISIS in communication with the Muellers demanded a multi-million dollar ransom. The U.S. government has a longstanding policy of not paying ransoms for the release of hostages held by terrorists.
Alluding to that, Mueller said, “the Obama administration hid behind policy so much that we felt hopeless when they kept us from negotiating to save Kayla’s life.”
“The administration showed more concern for the terrorists in Guantanamo than the American hostages in Syria,” he added, possibly a reference to the controversial 2014 swap of five senior Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by terrorists in Afghanistan.
The military prepared a rescue mission, but the White House delayed it. By the time it went forward, Kayla had been moved to another location.
After 18 months of brutal torture, we learned from ISIS that Kayla had been killed.
The Obama administration kept telling us they were doing everything they could. But their version of ‘everything’ wasn’t enough.
“What a difference a president makes.”Carl Mueller
He recalled President Trump’s order for the Special Forces raid on Baghdadi’s compound in northwestern Syria in October 2019. Trump said at the time Baghdadi had killed three young children, then himself as U.S. forces bore down on him, dying “like a coward.”
Mueller said the family learned afterwards that the special ops raid had been named Operation Kayla Mueller.