The Biden administration’s decision to abandon Afghanistan, letting the terror Taliban organization take over there, has created a multitude of huge problems.
For example, that territory now likely will be used as a staging zone for terrorists to attack worldwide. Then there’s the billions of dollars in weaponry that Biden turned over to the Taliban. And the messaging the move has sent around the world, being seen as America not standing by its allies.
And then there’s the evacuation of Americans and U.S.-supporting personnel and their families who now are refugees fleeing what could be summary execution by the radical Islamists in Taliban.
That, too, is being mishandled, according to reports.
For example, there are reports that government officials are requiring those being airlifted out of Afghanistan to sign promissory notes to pay for those travel costs.
When confronted with information about the program, the Biden administration quickly backed off, saying there was no plan to collect reimbursement.
But even after that, according to a report from the Daily Caller News Foundation, that agenda continued.
The Foundation report revealed that the Biden administration “continued to inform American citizens in Afghanistan as of Thursday evening they could have to pay more than $2,000 to board an evacuation flight out of the country, despite the State Department telling the press hours before that it had no intention of levying any such charges.”
The report documented that the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has stated that any U.S. citizen wanting to evacuate from Afghanistan must complete an online form in order to secure their flight.
But State Department spokesman Ned Price told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the Biden administration had no plans to seek reimbursement.
“However, the online form American citizens are directed to fill out to secure their evacuation from Afghanistan continued to state well into Thursday evening that they travelers will have to pay their own way out of the country,” the report said.
It warns, “Repatriation flights are not free. … All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight. A promissory note for the full cost of the flight, which may exceed $2000 per person, must be signed by each adult passenger before boarding.”
The foundation report documented the demands with images of the online requirements.
The report also noted the form “states that American citizens that cannot afford to pay their way out of Afghanistan can sign a loan agreement with the U.S. government using their passport as collateral.”
The first reports about the charges came from Politico, which revealed sources on the ground witnessed the State Department charging American citizens who had made their way past armed Taliban checkpoints and into the Kabul airport upwards of $2,000 to board evacuation flights.
That report said the State Department admitted charging Americans.
U.S. government officials in Kabul also announced they could not assure “safe passage” for Americans who need to travel from some other point in Afghanistan to the airport.
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