Liberals took to Twitter in droves to blast the Trump administration (what else is new?) after gold star father and Democratic Party mouthpiece Khizr Khan claimed that he was forced to cancel a trip to Canada. Khan claimed that his “travel privileges were being reviewed” – but the State Department and Customs and Border Patrol have called him out as a phony.
In a statement, Khan suggested that the Trump administration was impinging on his rights by denying him the ability to travel to Toronto for a speaking engagement.
“This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future,” Khan said.
It goes without saying that the U.S. government should never restrict the right of American citizens – including Khan, who has been a citizen for over 30 years – to leave the country if they are not breaking any laws.
Indeed, the Democratic National Committee seized the opportunity to take a potshot at President Trump, tweeting: “Khizr Khan offered Donald Trump a copy of the Constitution back in July. If only he had read it.”
So it’s an open-and-shut case of governmental overreach at the hands of Trump, right? Wrong. In a statement, the State Department assured that “a U.S. citizen who holds a valid U.S. passport may enter and depart the U.S. It is the decision of each individual country to determine whether to admit any U.S. citizen.”
Customs and Border Patrol also reminded Khan of his unimpeded rights: “Of course, any U.S. citizen with a passport may travel without trusted traveler status. All individuals are subject to inspection departing or upon arrival to the United States.”
What’s more, a visa is not even required to travel to Canada, and the Canadian government released a statement insisting that it was not stopping Khan from entering for any reason.