Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) is serving his ninth term in Congress and is the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Jacqueline Alemany, author of the “Power Up” newsletter, interviewed McCaul about his views on the timetable for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan, the relationship with China and the Biden administration’s domestic agenda.

Highlights

“The CIA director recently testified that this would be a tremendous risk, significant risk, and reduce our intelligence capability in country[…] So where are we now? The Taliban when we withdraw, along with Al-Qaeda, will overrun the country, they will be a threat to our embassy[…]the Taliban and Al-Qaeda take over Afghanistan we could return to pre-9/11 conditions from which they could conduct external operations against the West.” (Washington Post Live)
He continued: “I think it provided justice, not only to the family but to the nation as part of the healing process of this, it was murder. I was a federal prosecutor for many years. What I saw on the video was clearly murder. It shows that our criminal justice system does work, and this is a proper way to handle this situation. And my heart still goes out to the family, but this is the first step I think in the healing process that’s not just for the family I think but for the entire country moving forward.” (Washington Post Live)
He added that he was particularly concerned about the women there. “What is going to happen to the women? We know that the Taliban treat them as chattel, as property, they treat them quite simply like dirt. I’m very, very concerned about the girls and the women and what is going to happen to them when the Taliban overruns the country. Their barbaric tactics are part of their religion. We will have a refugee crisis. General Milley told me probably 50,000 refugees will be coming out of Afghanistan, and I think it’s our responsibility since we abandoned our partners, and I think it’s our responsibility and NATO to absorb these refugees both into our country and into our NATO alliance partners.” (Washington Post Live)
He said: “The ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy was working. The political or the asylum cooperation agreement we made with Central America was working[…] These policies were reversed day one by President Biden[…] There was a direct cause and effect, you know, you don’t need to listen to me, just talk to the border patrol people down there that I’ve dealt with for many years, both as a federal prosecutor and as the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. This had a direct cause and effect.” McCaul talked about working together with the Biden administration to urge them to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” He added that he is working on bill to address “root cause” of Central American migration. He said, “If you want to talk about the real driver of migration you have to get to the root cause, and it’s not political asylum, it’s economic. The economy, the scale, the poverty, and the violence that’s down in Central America. We are developing a bill, I am with Chairman Meeks, to try to deal with this root cause problem, phenomenon.” (Washington Post Live)
He said while the Secretary of State had spoken out against the persecution of the Uyghurs, it was important for the President and Congress to do so as well. “I’m going to be working out of the foreign affairs committee condemning the Chinese communist party for genocide for killing and torturing the Uyghur Muslim population. And I think we’ve had the Secretary of State say this, but I think the President of the United States needs to say it as well, that what the Chinese are doing is genocide.” (Washington Post Live)

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.)

Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his ninth term representing Texas’ 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from the city of Austin to the Houston suburbs and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties.

At the start of the 116th Congress, Congressman McCaul became the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee. This committee considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. In his capacity as the committee’s Republican Leader, McCaul is committed to ensuring we promote America’s leadership on the global stage. In his view, it is essential the United States bolsters international engagement with our allies, counters the aggressive policies of our adversaries, and advances the common interests of nations in defense of stability and democracy around the globe. He will continue to use his national security expertise to work to counter threats facing the United States, especially the increasing threat we face from nation state actors such as China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, among others.

Prior to Congress, Michael McCaul served as Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Western District of Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring, and preventing terrorist activity. McCaul also served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, DC.

A fourth generation Texan, Congressman McCaul earned a B.A. in Business and History from Trinity University and holds a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. In 2009 Congressman McCaul was honored with St. Mary’s Distinguished Graduate award. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program of the School of Government, Harvard University. Congressman McCaul is married to his wife, Linda. They are proud parents of five children: Caroline, Jewell, and the triplets Lauren, Michael, and Avery.