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A bombshell email reveals what Joe Biden has been doing behind closed doors.
It appears the Biden administration prefers to bow the Taliban, rather than rescue stranded Americans under the ruthless rule of terrorists running the Taliban.
Biden agreed with the Taliban’s demand to remove all U.S. forces by the August 31st deadline.
Between 100 and 200 Americans were abandoned in the region.
For over a week, it’s been widely reported that the Biden administration has been blocking rescue flights by private charters into Afghanistan.
Now we have a leaked email from the State Department to prove it.
The email was obtained and reviewed by Fox News.
On Sept 2nd, it was reported Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma planned to would fly into Afghanistan to rescue five American citizens, a woman and her four children who are stuck in the country. Mullin was stopped by the State Department and U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan who prevented him exceeding the allowable amount of cash transfer into Tajikistan in order to charter the flight.
The Defense Department refused to give Mullin permission to visit Kabul for this “unauthorized evacuation effort” as the Biden administration abandon American citizens in Afghanistan.
Mullin’s behavior alarmed top U.S. officials who say Mullin has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to defy U.S. warnings.
Other private rescue attempts were organized by Eric Montalvo, who was also blocked by the State Dept.
According to Fox News, Montalvo organized a series of private flights evacuating those stranded in Afghanistan.
Montalvo was repeatedly denied by federal bureaucracy.
That’s when Montalvo decided to share the email with Fox News.
“State Department explicitly stated that charter flights, even those containing American citizens, would not be allowed to land at Defense Department (DOD) airbases,” the report says.
“U.S. officials have pointed to possible security threats from landing charter planes at military bases, saying that they lack the resources on the ground to fully verify flight manifests,” the report added.
Even prominent Democrats have become increasingly frustrated with the incompetence and inaction of the Biden administration, particularly how the administration is blocking private citizens taking matters into their own hands.
The email states: “No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base], the military airbase you mentioned in your communication with Samantha Power.”
“In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land,” the official wrote.
“You need to find another destination country, and it can’t be the U.S. either.”
“Once you have had discussions with the host/destination country and reached an agreement, they may require some indication from the USG that we ‘approve’ of this charter flight. DOS will not provide an approval, but we will provide a ‘no objection’ to the destination country government via the U.S. Embassy in that country.”
More from Fox News:
During briefings on Sept. 2, the day after the official noted that the State Department would not be officially approving charter flights, White House press secretary Jen Psaki and State Department spokesman Ned Price both said that the Biden administration was not preventing planes from leaving Afghanistan.
Price also addressed last week the security risks of allowing the charter flights onto military bases.
“If these charters are seeking to go to a U.S. military installation, for example, we have to weigh not only the threat to those who may be on board – especially if they’re American citizens, LPRs, other Afghans to whom we have a special commitment – but also to the safety and security of State Department personnel, U.S. military personnel, Department of Homeland Security personnel, other U.S. personnel on U.S. military installations,” Price said.
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“These are among the risks that the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the host government – which, of course, has an important say in all this – must consider,” he added.
A State Department spokesperson declined to answer Fox News’ questions on this story.
In response to the State Dept’s denial to Rep. Mullin’s request to enter Afghanistan, Mullin said, “Am I extremely disappointed in how we (United States) left Americans behind . . . that would be an understatement.”
In closing, Mullin used the hashtag “#Ordinarypeopledoingextraordinarythings.”
The State Department has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Afghanistan. This urges Americans not to travel there “due to civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, terrorism, kidnapping, and COVID-19.”
More from the Post:
“This is a sad day for our country,” Mullin said in a statement Monday night. “Americans have been stranded in Afghanistan by the Biden Administration and are now left to defend themselves from terrorists overrunning the country. One motto of our military is ‘leave no man behind.’ But today, that’s exactly what President Biden did.”
Mullin’s repeated attempts to enter Afghanistan follow multiple efforts by the Biden administration to dissuade members of Congress from traveling to the country after Moulton and Meijer’s unauthorized trip last week. The two members, who arranged for their own transportation into the country, said they wanted to provide oversight on the evacuation efforts at the airport. They eventually left on a flight used for evacuating Americans and Afghans…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has issued several warnings against lawmakers trying to travel there.
“We don’t want anybody to think that this was a good idea and that they should try to follow suit,” she said last week.