Kudos to Congress and Montel Williams for taking over what could have been resolved by one phone call by do-nothing president and resident party crasher Obama.
As previously posted, Congressional Republicans and Marine Vet Montel Williams were scheduled to meet with the Foreign Affairs Committee regarding Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s imprisonment from a Mexican jail. The Committee Chairman, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) traveled to Mexico this past summer to meet Sgt. Tahmooressi and Mexican officials.
Tahmooressi has been trapped for seven months now, and he suffers from PTSD. It was announced at the hearing that the case could be dismissed based on humanitarian grounds, as Mexico is unable to provide the proper treatment, i.e. the Mexican version of ObamaCare.
Watch Montel’s heartfelt testimony:
Here is the response from the White House. Seriously. I’m not kidding (emphasis mine).
“We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future…We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system.”
Nothing to see here: Coverage of the hearing was not covered by MSM.
Many have rightfully been angry with the hands-off approach from Obama, especially after trading off some terrorists for one deserter. Obama has not visited or spoken to the Tahmooressi or his family.
From Rep. Matt Salmon’s testimony:
“I am mystified that President Obama couldn’t find time, between negotiating with terrorists, to call our ally, the Mexican president, to appeal to him on behalf of our Marine. Mexican citizens violate U.S. law on a regular and continuing basis.”
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And Montel Williams:
“If this hearing’s going to stop in 10 minutes, I think the president needs to pick up the phone in 15,” Williams said, his voice breaking with emotion. “Make the call. Make the call today.”