The State Department even announced that private flights containing American citizens would not be allowed to land at U.S. air bases, reported Fox News, which examined the emails.
American officials announced that military bases lack the resources to completely verify flight manifests and thereby prevent possible security threats, Fox reported.
Private groups, mostly led by retired military, have been in Afghanistan attempting to evacuate Americans and Afghans who helped the military after the Biden administration failed to evacuate them all by Biden's Aug. 31 deadline to depart all American troops.
The White House has drawn criticism for delaying attempts of these groups, including from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
Eric Montalvo organized private flights to evacuate those unable to leave the nation and shared emails with Fox News after his applications were repeatedly thwarted by the U.S. government.
"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," an official wrote to Montalvo on Sept. 1.
"You need to find another destination country, and it can't be the U.S. either."
The official announced that some third nations "may require" official approval from the State Department to accept private charter flights, yet that the State Department "will not provide" it.
"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."
The day after that email was sent, White House press secretary Jen Psaki and State Department spokesman Ned Price both told reporters that the Biden administration was not preventing planes from leaving Afghanistan.
"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 announced last week.