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Amidst the ongoing conflict in Israel, Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) has taken measures to aid American evacuations, claiming he is “doing Biden’s job.”
Mills and his team are currently engaged in ground evacuations, assisting Americans in returning to the US. He indicated that numerous Americans have not received any communication from the State Department regarding their evacuation from Israel. Furthermore, Mills highlighted challenges faced by the elderly who lack the mobility to reach evacuation points. He also voiced concerns about the State Department’s approach, mentioning, “the State Department is playing everything on a hope and a prayer and no real strategy.”
According to Mills, he aided 32 Americans in their evacuation on Wednesday and is planning another rescue operation on Thursday. Having previously contributed to refugee withdrawals from Afghanistan post the US withdrawal in 2021, Mills is collaborating with the same team for the evacuations in Israel.
In a recent interview, Mills expressed concerns about the Biden administration’s approach, stating, “weakness invites aggression” from nations like Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea. Emphasizing his commitment, he remarked, “If I had to come over here and do Biden’s job, so be it.”
Meanwhile, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, acknowledged that the US is considering various evacuation strategies but didn’t elaborate further.
This comes as the State Department confirmed the death of at least 22 American citizens due to the violence in Israel and has issued a travel advisory. The White House also revealed that 17 Americans remain unaccounted for, though it remains uncertain if Hamas holds any.