The Speaker has yet to officially confirm a trip.
U.S. Military moves in the South China Sea could be an indicator that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is preparing a visit to Taiwan —despite threats from China.
“I can confirm USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group are now underway, operating in the South China Sea following a successful port visit to Singapore,” Lt. Mark Langford said. “As a matter of policy, we do not discuss future ship movements; however, I will add that Reagan is continuing normal, scheduled operations as part of her routine patrol in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
Langford wouldn’t confirm an imminent Speaker visit.
From Fox News:
The return follows a threat from China that it would take “firm and resolute measures” if the high-ranking Democrat traveled to the Chinese-claimed island nation.
The Associated Press previously reported that the Pentagon was planning for a Pelosi trip, and would increase the movement of American forces and assets in the region should she go. This would include using fighter jets, ships and other assets to create protection for her flight in and her time on the ground.
While additional security would be necessary for any visit by a U.S. leader, Pelosi would be the highest-ranking American elected official to go to Taiwan since 1997, and her visit would thus need additional precautions.
While Pelosi’s trip isn’t confirmed, she has the support of at least one former Speaker: Newt Gingrich.
“I feel very strongly that Speaker Pelosi should go to Taiwan and that she should take a bipartisan congressional delegation,” Gingrich said at the America First Policy Institute’s America First Agenda Summit on Monday.
“I commend Nancy; we have enormous disagreements on 98 or 99% of things, but on this one, I think her instinct is right. I hope she sticks to her guns. And the only thing I would suggest is that she make it a bipartisan congressional delegation to show that both parties are committed to the independence of Taiwan.”
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