Representatives Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer said they traveled on a plane with empty seats to Kabul to “conduct oversight” on the evacuations taking place.
Their plans apparently came as a surprise to U.S. House leadership, the White House and the Defense Department.
The arrival of the Congressmen to the middle of a war zone came as U.S. officials work to increase flights evacuating Americans and Afghans.
A U.S. official called the visit an “unhelpful distraction.”
Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a letter to House members discouraging others from visiting the country.