Travel Agent-In-Chief: We Can Get You Home, But It Will Cost You At Least $2,000, Assuming We Even Have Room For You.

Twitter screenshot, Courtesy of Jerry Dunleavy

We cannot make this stuff up.

On August 14, the State Department was charging Americans trying to flee the pending chaos and danger in Afghanistan at least $2000 for the flight home.

In a security alert from State concerning repatriation assistance for American citizens, they encouraged people to continue seeking commercial opportunities to flee the country.

But for those who could not manage to find a way out of the pending violence, the US government had an alternative plan.

Fill out an application. If we can find a flight to put you on, we will get you out. If you sign a promissory note to reimburse the federal government.

Under the section marked Eligibility Requirements, it states:

“Flight Costs: Repatriation flights are not free and passengers will be required to signa promissory loan agreement and may not be able to renew their U.S. passports until the loan is repaid. The cost may be $2,000 USD or more per person.”

After facing major backlash, the State Department backpedaled and removed the payment requirement. But it took them 5 days to do so. As of Friday, the form with the promise to repay was still on the website.

Keep in mind that this is the same State department that was posted the current travel advisory for Afghanistan on June 28.

That same advisory mentioned that many government employees needed to depart from the U.S. Embassy Kabul if their functions can be performed elsewhere. You can read that advisory here.

They started removing those Americans back in April. Yet, the President continues to state that they had no way of knowing it would escalate this quickly.

If they have been evacuating Americans for more than 3 months, and have had a Do Not Travel advisory for almost two, how does the President expect anyone to believe that his current statements are true?

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