WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 31: U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) (3rd L) speaks as House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (3rd R) and other House Republican veterans listen during a news conference at Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol August 31, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:51 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) recently issued a dire warning about the situation in Afghanistan. In an interview on Wednesday, the Florida congressman said the Taliban is quickly becoming a terrorist super-state and every time he thinks it can’t get any worse, it does.
He said it’s a slap in the face to America that the Taliban announced a new government led by wanted terrorists and former Guantanamo Bay detainees on the same week as 9/11. Waltz, a veteran himself, also had a message for Gold Star families, veterans and 9/11 victims, reassuring them their sacrifices were not in vein.
Waltz voiced his concern of a potential hostage situation. “Abandoning Americans will lead to a large mass hostage situation and every time the Taliban have a demand going forward, or access to billions and reserves, for access to economic assistance, for international recognition, if they don’t get their way, they go down the street and take a hostage,” stated Waltz in an interview.
His warning came as Joe Biden has insisted Afghanistan would not become a haven for terrorists thanks to his botched withdrawal.