Pompeo Slams Biden over Possible Pelosi Trip to Chinese Taipei
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“To allow America to be bullied by Chinese propaganda, right after, frankly, President Biden has had a phone call, a long phone call, with [Chinese President] Xi Jinping… would send a really bad message to our friends in the region: the Australians, the South Koreans, the Japanese,” Pompeo said in an interview on Sunday.
Pompeo’s comments are in stark contrast of those of former President Donald Trump, under whose he served as the Secretary of State. Trump slammed Pelosi’s trip and said, “Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap.'”
Pelosi announced on Sunday that she was starting a four-country tour of Asia, scheduled to lead a six-member congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. She, however, did not mention Taiwan in her plans, despite several reports of her intent to visit the territory.
“I don’t agree with Speaker Pelosi very often, but she made it clear that she wanted to go visit, on her own, to visit Taiwan, an independent, sovereign nation. And now, the Biden administration is saying, ‘Well, maybe that’s not smart,’” Pompeo said.
US President Joe Biden said earlier this month the Pentagon was concerned about a backlash from China and was seeking to discourage the visit from happening.
“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden said as he stepped off of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, “but I don’t know what the status of it is.”
China warned that the trip could “have a severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and send a gravely wrong signal to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”
China’s Foreign Ministry has warned that Beijing would take "forceful measures" if Pelosi visits Taiwan as reported by sections of US media.