WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airdrome successful the mediate of the ongoing chaotic evacuation Tuesday.
The sojourn stunned State Department and U.S. subject unit who had to divert resources to supply information and accusation to the lawmakers.
Officials accidental Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton and Michigan Republican congressman Peter Meijer flew successful and retired connected charter craft and were connected the crushed astatine the Kabul airdrome for respective hours.
"Washington should beryllium ashamed of the presumption we enactment our work members in, but they correspond the champion successful America. These men and women person been tally ragged and are inactive moving strong. Their empathy and dedication to work are genuinely inspiring," Moulton said successful a tweet.
Today with @RepMeijer I visited Kabul airdrome to behaviour oversight connected the evacuation.
Witnessing our young Marines and soldiers astatine the gates, navigating a confluence of humanity arsenic earthy and visceral arsenic the satellite has ever seen, was indescribable. pic.twitter.com/bWGQh1iw2c
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) August 25, 2021
He added that helium spoke with commanders connected the crushed who told him they won't get everyone retired by the Aug. 31 deadline.
"Sadly and frustratingly, getting our radical retired depends connected maintaining the current, bizarre narration with the Taliban," Moulton said.
Meijer continued his calls for the president to widen the Aug. 31 deadline. In an interview, Meijer said determination are motivation and humanitarian consequences to leaving radical who supported the U.S. ngo behind.
The legislators accidental they went to Afghanistan to behaviour important oversight and made definite not to instrumentality seats that would different person gone to evacuees.