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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

US representatives Seth Moulton (left) and Peter Meijer (right).
Image: United States Congress.

Two US congressmen made an unannounced visit to the Kabul airport, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) reportedly "conducted the visit in secret," speaking about it only after their departure as to not disrupt the people on the ground, and because they were there to "gather information, not groundstand."

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Officials told AP this Wednesday that "defense department and White House officials were furious" about the two's sudden appearance, stating that it was done without proper coordination with diplomats or commanders of the evacuation.

"They certainly took time away from what we had planned to do that day," said John Kirby, press secretary of the Pentagon.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement on Tuesday, stating that she wanted to "reiterate that the Departments of Defense and State have requested that members not travel to Afghanistan and the region during this time of danger" and that "ensuring the safe and timely evacuation of individuals at risk requires the full focus and attention of the US military and diplomatic teams on the ground in Afghanistan."

The Pentagon has recently been ramping up evacuation efforts amid threats from the Taliban to finish evacuation by August 31.