During an appearance Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) weighed in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan amid threats from the Chinese Communist Party.
Pelosi’s trip marked the first time in 25 years that the speaker of the House of Representatives had visited the island nation.
According to Issa, the House speaker should be visiting Taiwan “every year or two or three” since Gingrich last made the trip.
“It was probably a trip that should have been made every year or two or three by a speaker of the House,” Issa advised. “Having passed 25 years since Newt Gingrich did it, it became a big international problem. Obviously, the speaker, I don’t know if she meant it, but it became one of those lines in the sand.”
He continued, “Let’s get to the basics, though. The bottom line is that Congress, year after year, approves the sale of things like F-16s and other weapons to Taiwan, not to China, but to Taiwan. We supported the free people of Taiwan and their ability to remain separate until or unless reunification is of their choosing, which will not happen as long as the Communist Chinese run the dictatorship they run. So I think, all in all, it was important that this review be done every year by Congress. In this particular case, he made a spectacle out of it, but in the abstract, I have to tell you that I support it.”
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