March 23, 2020
I’m sure these are “real and true Americans.”
The U.S. State Department has chartered two flights Monday to begin evacuating hundreds of Americans who are stranded in Guatemala.
Guatemala suspended all air travel except for cargo flights on March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“We do not know when civilian flights will resume in Guatemala after these U.S. government-coordinated charter flights, but urge travelers to continue to check the availability of commercial flight options,” the State Department said.
While the department encourages Americans abroad to travel commercially when possible, the virus has made that more difficult.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said the State Department had brought 3,000 Americans home from countries where they were stranded.
Pence, speaking to reporters at the White House, urged Americans abroad to enroll in the department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by going to the program’s website or by calling 888-407-4747.
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at the White House that the department had established a repatriation task force to help Americans trapped outside the country.
“We’re trying to get Americans back from these places where air travel has been disrupted,” he said. “And we’ll get that done over time. We’ll get it done successfully.”
If this is really the threat that the US Government is making it out to be, why are we flying people in?
Also, why is there a need to fly people out of Guatemala, when they only have 19 cases?
What is actually the point of any of this?