- A statement from Rick Clay, who runs the private rescue group “Plan B”
- Statements from individuals who were interviewed by Fox News
Rick Clay, who runs the private rescue group PlanB, told Fox News that the State Department “is the only thing preventing the flights he’s organizing from leaving Afghanistan. Two other American individuals separately involved in evacuation efforts, whom Fox News is not naming to avoid jeopardizing ongoing rescue efforts, similarly said that the State Department is the sole entity preventing their charter flights from leaving Afghanistan.” Fox News reported.
One of the individuals that Fox News spoke to said that “all it takes is a f***ing phone call” to fix the problem and that it was unacceptable to be “negotiating with American lives.” One of the sources that the network spoke to said that they thought part of the reason the Biden administration was blocking the flights was that they were embarrassed those private entities were having to rescue the Americans because Biden failed.