Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) sat down with Jacqueline Alemany, author of The Early 202, The Washington Post’s premier morning politics newsletter. Meijer, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, will talk about his push for a congressional investigation into the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as the current national security threats facing America.

Highlights

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich) says the U.S. didn’t have “any flexible response to the conditions on the ground” during its withdrawal from Afghanistan. “We obviously had a plan that fell apart.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich) says President Biden has both accepted and denied responsibility for the withdrawal in Afghanistan — sometimes in the same sentence. Meijer says Biden’s shouldn’t “wash his hands of decisions that were made.“ “I don’t really think it’s honorable to wash your hands or to try and wash your hands of decisions that were made. There’s also a distinction to be made between the decision to withdrawal...and the execution of that withdrawal.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Peter Meijer, a veteran of the Iraq War, says America’s intelligence capabilities have improved in the 20 years since 9/11, but he adds the number of “individuals committed to violent terrorism” has swelled. “It’s hard to say we’re safer in the world. We may have a more robust and competent homeland defense, but this has certainly been a two-decade period that has seen some victories and plenty of failure.” (Washington Post Live)
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich) says he and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Ma.) took their unauthorized trip to Afghanistan because they felt they were being “lied to” about what was going on the ground by the administration. “We weren't getting straight answers from the administration.” (Washington Post Live)

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.)

Peter Meijer is a fourth generation West Michigander. He was sworn-in to serve Michigan’s Third Congressional District in January of 2020, and he currently sits on the House Committees on Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Science, Space, and Technology. Peter lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Gabriella.