Gov. DeSantis confirms rescue flights to Haiti for ‘Christian missionary groups’
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Details are vague: 'We don't want to say anything too publicly about what exactly we're doing until it happens.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is giving more details into an operation apparently underway to bring Americans back from Haiti.

“I have authorized rescue flights like we did in Israel after the October 7th (Hamas attacks) because we’ve got a lot of folks who are part of Christian missionary groups and they do things to try to actually help a very troubled country. And so they really are doing good work, they need to get out,” DeSantis said.

Operational details, meanwhile, such as cost and vendors getting the contracts, are still not to be divulged to the public. These can add up: the Israel flights cost $19 million, as the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“We don’t want to say anything too publicly about what exactly we’re doing until it happens,” DeSantis said. “It’s a very dicey situation. But we do feel an obligation to go in and help Florida citizens who were caught in the crossfire of a very difficult situation.”

The announcement of rescue flights follows the Division of Emergency Management launching an assistance portal for Floridians and other Americans trapped in the Caribbean country amid yet another round of domestic unrest.

The portal consists of a fill-in-the-blank form that requests the name, exact location, gender, birth date, cellphone number, email, information about Florida residency and the trapped person’s passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Additionally, the state wants to know if people are traveling with animals or as part of a group needing help, as well as contact information for someone stateside and the desired arrival location of the travelers.

The Governor made the comments Friday night on Fox News to Sean Hannity.

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  • Dont Say FLA

    March 16, 2024 at 11:14 am

    Can you just promise to surrender yourself to Jesus in USA to qualify for one of these Rhonda Xian Airlines tickets to Florida?

    Or is a previously existing baptism, demonstrably on record, required for qualification?

    Is your boarding pass your Bible with a worn cover and many folded pages that indicate you didn’t buy it yesterday? Is that works, finally those Bibles in hotel/motel nightstand drawers will be of some value, assuming those Bibles are normally found in nightstand drawers in Haiti.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    March 16, 2024 at 11:45 am

    But why? Isn’t it the biggest honor possible for Christian proselytizers to become martyrs for Jesus?

    If the Christian missionaries (aka colonialist proselytizers) cut and run from Haiti, doesn’t their Backing Down undermine their claims regarding the power of Christ?

    Why is Rhonda waging a war on Christianity with his messaging that the One True Lord can have His followers run out of town by gangs of stupid punks with AR15s?

  • PeterH

    March 16, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Reading the DeSantis narrative….. his vocabulary is that of a five year old. That said, Haiti has been a Level 4: Do Not Travel destination in State Department travel advisories since before the 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. For the past month, aide workers who have ignored this State Department ban have been exiting the country through the adjoining country of the Dominican Republic or on commercial flights to and from Cuba.

  • Old geezer

    March 16, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    This seems to be a trope the G0P is glomming onto now. People have always been missionaries and even in scary places. I don’t remember in my lifetime a bunch of politicians yelling and screaming how we have to go save the missionaries. That’s just not how it ever worked. I’m an old geezer but I seem to remember these folks being self organizing groups who didn’t want the government in their business. When I was a youngster in youth group if you wanted to go on a mission that meant you had to raise or save up the money for all your expenses including a round trip ticket. I don’t remember asking the governor or taxpayers for that. If they’re talking about “saving the Americans” then leave it at that. If you’re cherry picking for press, you’re just acting like a Pharisee. While we’re at it, I don’t think taxpayers should ever be responsible for saving people from dangerous places they willingly went to on their own accord knowing all the risks involved. If you want to take a vacation in a war zone, I don’t need to buy your ticket home.

  • No Mo Rhonda

    March 16, 2024 at 7:11 pm

    How effing stupid is this, so Rhonda is creating her own fear and I’m your savior BS right here in Florida. These people are fleeing terrible conditions and the boat they intercepted with 25 people “armed, drugs, night vision” NONSENSE!!! Rhonda these people are FLEEING not coming here to attack your poor defenseless Natzie party. And January 6 was peaceful! Give me a break I’m so sick of your lying nonsense can we please recall these fear mongers and get our state back within sanity.

  • MH/Duuuval

    March 16, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    What worked in Israel outside of Gaza just may not work in Port-au-Prince.

  • fly fly fly, lie, lie, lie

    March 17, 2024 at 8:36 am

    Please tell me that our tax dollars are not being spent for this travel service. I am not aware of any lawful authority for such services. But then, there was no authority for Rona to shuttle “illegal aliens” from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard either. So much for the rule of law. It’s about currying favor for Rona’s next failed presidential campaign presumably. Why not spend our tax dollars to help Floridians?

  • Nope

    March 17, 2024 at 10:58 pm

    This is what US embassies are for. Not state governments. US policy always used to be if you go somewhere at your own peril knowing the risks then you need to carry the weight/cost of your escape if things go south, at very least reimburse the govt for saving your sorry behind. It seems like that standard has changed or that’s not being enforced, then people cry crocodile tears and expect a big Miss Saigon rescue. D’s big fantasy game is acting like he’s the dictator of his own country and really doesn’t recognize the constitution or federal law. Plus Haiti is a catholic nation. Were these people trying to turn them Baptist? Or capitalist? How come we never hear about missionaries working within their own communities? I don’t know the facts but I know a stunt when I see it.

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