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2 US Lawmakers’ Kabul Trip Prompts Biden Administration Fury

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FILE - Michigan's 3rd District Congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers, U.S. officials said. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(AP) — Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the ongoing chaotic evacuation, and their visit Tuesday stunned State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers. Officials say the two congressmen, Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton and Michigan Republican Peter Meijer flew in and out on charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours. The legislators say they went to conduct important oversight and made sure not to take seats that would otherwise have gone to evacuees.

 

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