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Pelosi Scolds House Members For Inspecting Disastrous Afghanistan Extraction

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) scolded the two congressmen who traveled to Afghanistan to inspect the disastrous withdrawal, saying the region is not safe after praising Biden for his handling of the war in Afghanistan.

Pelosi told reporters Wednesday morning she has yet to speak to the two members, Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), since the pair returned from Afghanistan. However, she mentioned “they have to make their own case as to why they went” since making a trip such as the one they did is “deadly serious.”

The Hill noted that Pelosi learned of the trip before it was made public but said it “would not have been safe for them” if something was made public before they were airborne.

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“So this is deadly serious. We do not want members to go,” Pelosi said. “The point is that we didn’t want anybody to think this was a good idea and they should try to follow suit.”

In a “Dear Colleague” sent to all the House members on Tuesday, she said members wanting to travel to the region is understandable but said the region is dangerous and should not intervene to ensure “safe and timely evacuation of individuals”:

Given the urgency of this situation, the desire of some Members to travel to Afghanistan and the surrounding areas is understandable and reflective of the high priority that we place on the lives of those on the ground.  However, I wri… (Read more)

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