Can’t even begin to imagine how betrayed this family must feel by our government right now. Because of this admin’s indifference to saving their daughter’s life, she is now dead. Obama, Marie Harf and company… this blood is on your hands.
Slain ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller’s father has accused the Obama administration of putting its policy of not paying ransoms “in front of American citizens’ lives.”
In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, Carl Mueller said he had mixed feelings about the government’s refusal to negotiate with terrorist groups who kidnapped foreigners. Other Western countries are known to have paid millions to secure the release of their nationals.
“We understand the policy about not paying ransom,” he said. “But on the other hand, any parents out there would understand that you would want anything and everything done to bring your child home. And we tried. And we asked. But they put policy in front of American citizens’ lives.”
When asked whether the government did enough to help the 26-year-old aid worker, Mueller’s mother Marsha replied: “I think they wanted to. But I think again, it’s the policy. And I don’t think anyone had any idea this group would be as powerful as they were.”
The Arizona native was captured in Syria in August 2013.
In a letter sent to her family last spring, Mueller wrote: “I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time.”
ISIS claimed Mueller was killed in a coalition airstrike. Before her death was confirmed earlier this month, President Barack Obama had stressed that the U.S. was deploying “all assets” to save Mueller. She was believed to be the last American hostage held by ISIS.
Read more: NBC News