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Politico reports exclusively that the Biden Administration wanted to charge American citizens $2,000 per person to be evacuated from Afghanistan. The State Department wanted to charge non-U.S. citizens even more.
“One person said State Department staff were seeking large payments — up to $2,000 — from American passengers and even more from non-U.S. citizens,” Politico reported. “When we relayed what this person told us to the State Department, a spokesperson didn’t deny that this is happening.”
“U.S. law requires that evacuation assistance to private U.S. citizens or third country nationals be provided ‘on a reimbursable basis to the maximum extent practicable.’ The situation is extremely fluid, and we are working to overcome obstacles as they arise,” the spokesperson told Politico.
Americans exploded with rage on Twitter.
“Oh, you’d like to escape the Taliban? That’ll be one month’s rent, please,” Heritage Foundation communications director John Cooper tweeted.
The State Dept. later announced they would NOT charge evacuees.
“In these unique circumstances, we have no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement provided to The New York Post.
State Dept's Overseas Security Advisory Council said Aug. 14: "Repatriation flights are not free, & passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement & may not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports til the loan is repaid. Cost may be $2,000 or more per person." https://t.co/K9bb3xtoYE pic.twitter.com/2pPo3n64dJ— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 19, 2021