Senators from both sides of the aisle voiced their support on Sunday for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan, as China continues to retaliate with provocative military drills in your community.
The picture as a whole: Following Pelosi’s controversial trip to the island nation, the Chinese military began live ammunition drills, launching 11 ballistic missiles into Taiwan’s waters. Because the drills have continued, Taiwan said they may actually simulate an attack on the island.
What they’re saying: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told NBC’s “Meet up with the Press” he thinks Pelosi’s trip was worth the existing fallout with China.
- “We have to be clear that China doesn’t reach dictate which U.S. officials head to Taiwan so when each goes to Taiwan,” Van Hollen said.
- He added: “What President Xi (Jinping) made a decision to do was manufacture an emergency over Pelosi’s visit. … That is saber rattling and chest thumping.”
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’s “glad” Pelosi made the visit to Taiwan, adding “If she hadn’t gone, what would which have signaled to the Iranians also to the Russians?”
Additional information: Graham and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) both emphasized on “State of the Union” that America’s response in a single section of the world impacts another.
- “China’s watching what we do in Ukraine,” Blumenthal said. “That is why we have to send more of the HIMARS multiple-launch, long-range artillery, in order that Ukraine is prosperous in this the following month during its counteroffensive. That is why we have to provide more humanitarian assist with Ukraine.”
- “Some tips about what I’d like China to learn Putin made a large miscalculation,” Graham said. “… So, in order to receive what Putin did, make an effort to get into Taiwan.”