Unbelieveable: Trump Taking Puerto Ricans' Passports If They Don't Pay For Flight, While His Team Flies Private On Your $$$

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Buried under the mass of news today was this unbelievable item: according to reports, Trump is making the U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico pay for evacuation flights off the island -- and if they have no money, he plans to take their passports until they pay up. And this comes just days after several members of Trump's team were caught charging hundreds of thousands of dollars to taxpayers so that they could fly in private jets to questionable "events".

Here is the shocker, buried in a long article from Marketwatch:

According to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs:

"Anyone evacuated on U.S.-government coordinated transport, including charter and military flights, must sign an Evacuee Manifest and Promissory Note (Form DS-5528) note prior to departure."

"The promissory note obligates an evacuated person to repay the cost of the transportation to the U.S. government."

The cost of the "promissory loan" is based on "the price of the last commercial one-way, full-fare (not discounted) economy ticket prior to the crisis." In other words, the loan isn't based on the discounted economy fare that many visitors probably found online to get to Puerto Rico. Read more about Hurricane Maria's potential total damage.

That's not all:

"Upon evacuation, a Department of State official must limit an evacuee's passport. In order to obtain a new passport, an evacuee must arrange payment as agreed upon via the promissory note."

By "limit", the government is essentially taking people's passports until they pay up.

Now, this is a reasonable policy during normal times, but in the last two weeks we have learned about Tom Price, Steve Mnuchin, and others billing hundreds of thousands of dollars on private flights across the country, when they weren't necessary.

Mnuchin even wanted the military to fly him privately on his honeymoon, at the cost of $25,000 per hour.

Mnuchin also used a military jet to take him and his wife to Fort Knox -- a perfect viewing point for the eclipse -- on what happened to be the day of the eclipse.

But he's not the worst of them. Tom Price has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jets, where commercial flight was easily an option.

And many of the "events" he attended happened to be near his houses or other places he wanted to go.

For instance, he chartered a private jet (on your $$) to go to a healthcare company, which conveniently happens to be located at the same place where he could meet his son for lunch.

The cost of those flights alone could have been used to pay for 1500+ stranded Puerto Ricans to evacuate...

Nevertheless, Trump has no plans to fire any of his cabinet members...and he does plan to continue charging evacuees, many of whom have nothing left after the hurricane.

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