State Dept., facing blowback, won’t charge evacuees $2K each for flights from Kabul

State Dept., facing blowback, won’t charge evacuees $2K each for flights from Kabul
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[Ed. – It’s standard for the State Department — which officially manages evacuations of American citizens and eligible host nationals — to charge fees for evac flights.  This is because the cost of the evacuation comes from the State Department budget.  (Believe it or not, DOD bills State for a number of costs.  It’s all written in law.)  But obviously — obviously — no Americans should be charged fees for the evacuation from Kabul.  Congress will take care of the expenses and State’s budget.  Another tone-deaf, ill-managed interlude in the utter meltdown we’re witnessing of the U.S. government.]

People evacuated from Afghanistan by the U.S. will not be charged the cost of their flight, State Department spokesman Ned Price told The Hill.

“In these unique circumstances, we have no intention of seeking any reimbursement from those fleeing Afghanistan,” he said.

The statement provides a point of clarification over federal law that mandates the State Department seek reimbursement for U.S.-chartered evacuation flights. …

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The administration has evacuated 7,000 people from Afghanistan since Saturday, including 2,000 Americans.

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