The Department of Defense on Wednesday tore into Reps. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) for an unannounced trip they made Tuesday to Afghanistan to survey the evacuation effort in Kabul, stating that the two lawmakers diverted resources that would’ve otherwise gone towards the evacuation mission.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said during a briefing “there wasn’t a need to flex and alter the day’s flow,” adding that the two lawmakers, both Iraq veterans, “certainly took time away from what we had been planning to do that day.”
Kirby pointed to the need to provide protection to Meijer and Moulton, adding that the Pentagon was “not aware” of their visit ahead of time but that the two have since left the country.
The two lawmakers revealed in a statement Tuesday they took a “secret” flight to Kabul to provide “oversight” of the evacuation mission, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send a letter to House members discouraging such trips.
Kirby also said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “would’ve appreciated the opportunity to have a conversation” with Meijer and Moulton about their plans to visit Afghanistan.