In a rare show of support for a senator from the other party, 26 Republican senators issued a statement in favor of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for visiting Taiwan during her diplomatic trip to Asia.
“We support Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan,” the group of Republicans led by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) wrote according to Breitbart News.
“For decades, members of the United States Congress, including previous Speakers of the House, have traveled to Taiwan,” the senators added. “This travel is consistent with the United States’ One China policy to which we are committed. We are also committed now, more than ever, to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act.”
The 24 other senators signed their names to the letter were: Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Thune (R-SD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jim Risch (R-ID), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Todd Young (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Boozman (R-AR), Tim Scott (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
It has been 25 years since a U.S. official of the Speaker’s caliber visited Taiwan. Previously, then-Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich made the trip in 1997. (GA).
“I feel very strongly that Speaker Pelosi should go to Taiwan, and she should take a bipartisan delegation,” Gingrich said urging urged Pelosi to take her intended trip to Taiwan.
“We told them after this [the trip] had all been announced that we’re going to go to Taiwan. And they were furious. And the [Chinese] Ambassador called [the person] who was handling national security and was our trip planner,” he said of his experience visiting Taiwan in 1997 and the pressure he faced at the time.
“And I remember he happened to be in my office. We took the call, and at one point, he says, ‘The Chinese Communist Party does not dictate the travel plans of the American Speaker of the House,’” Gingrich added.