An unannounced trip made by two US Congressmen, Republican Peter Meijer and Democrat Seth Moulton, to Taliban-controlled Kabul this week amid the frantic evacuation effort underway by Western forces has come under heavy criticism from the Pentagon and other Representatives, who have called the act “reprehensible”.
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) has responded to criticism of the secret trip to Kabul he made with Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.).
The two congressmen are currently in Doha, Qatar, according to the Michigan Republican, after visiting Al Udeid Air Base, where refugees are being held.
Meijer sad that the trip to Kabul was supposed to be “entirely independent” of the US military as they “needed to see for ourselves” the situation on the ground after not getting the information they need from the Biden administration.
The two members of Congress travelled to Afghanistan on Tuesday to observe the massive airlifting operation amid unclear information regarding numbers of Americans and Afghans who still need to be evacuated. They also indicated they were acting on reports that US citizens were experiencing difficulties getting to the airport.
The lawmaker continued:
Responding to questions regarding the secret nature of the trip, the American politician and business analyst serving as the US Representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district since 2021 added:
“We did make ourselves known on arrival for situational awareness to the individuals who were…