Parents of ISIS Hostage Say Obama Broke Promise to Support Daughter’s Charity

Kayla Mueller

Conservative pundit Jim Geraghty once said “Every Obama promise comes with an expiration date.” This is another example of that suggestion.

FOX News reports:

Parents of ISIS hostage: Obama never donated to daughter’s charity, despite vow

Despite promising the parents of Islamic State hostage victim Kayla Mueller he would donate to a foundation set up in her name, President Obama still has not contributed to the group – 17 months later.

ABC News first reported on the president’s unfulfilled pledge, as Kayla’s father Carl Mueller told the network about the president’s commitment that day.

“He says I will help that foundation. He says you won’t know, it’ll be an anonymous donation, but I will,” Carl Mueller recalled, describing the meeting with the president as he consoled the grieving family in March 2015.

Mueller said, “I’m still waiting for that donation, Mr. President.”

The White House confirmed the president has not made the donation – but said he intends to.

“The President as well as senior members of his team have praised the work of Kayla’s Hands, which carries on the spirit of service and selflessness that defined Kayla. The President will continue to support the goals of the organization in different ways, including by making a donation, as pledged to the Mueller family,” a White House official said in a statement Friday.

Militants captured Kayla Mueller and her boyfriend, Omar Alkhani, in August 2013 after the couple left a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria, where he had been hired to fix the facility’s internet service. The ISIS fighters beat Alkhani but released him after two months.

Maybe things will change for this family now that they’re getting some publicity.


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