Rick Scott reiterates his support for Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
US senator. Rick Scott reaffirmed its support for the President of the Chamber by Nancy Pelosi planned overseas trip to Taiwan, in what appears to be a evolution of the republican position.
Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, scheduled for August, challenges the Communist Chinese government in Beijing, which says such a trip would negatively impact China-US relations. But Scott, appearing on Tuesday’s “Faulkner Focus” show on Fox News, again offered his full support for the Democratic House Speaker’s plans to flout Beijing’s will and make the trip next month.
“I was just there and I think Nancy Pelosi should go,” Scott said. “Americans should go out there and make sure China knows that we will support Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and our allies in Asia.”
“We are not going to be intimidated by Xi or the communist government,” Scott added, saying the trip was essential “for American security and the security of our allies.”
Meanwhile, Scott made similar remarks last week in another cable interview.
“Actually, I just got back from Taiwan a few weeks ago. And I think it’s important that we go there and that Taiwan, South Korea and Japan know that we are their allies. We will stay with them. I think it’s important to let Taiwan know that we’re going to stand up for their freedom,” Scott said on the Fox Business Network.Varney and Co..”
Chinese leaders are warning The Associated Pressof a “strong and forceful response” if Pelosi makes the move.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson warned that Pelosi’s visit could “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously affect the foundations of China-US relations and send a seriously wrong signal.” to Taiwan independence forces”.
A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council said something similar to Xinhua English post last week, saying his office continues to “resolutely oppose any formal exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.”
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi offered similar saber rattles this spring, comments for global consumption that were also reported in the state publication Xinhua. President Joe Biden seems to take these warnings more seriously than Pelosi or his GOP supporters, however.