Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized President Biden for not supporting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unconfirmed visit to Taiwan, saying the government should not give in to the communist regime as Hollywood has.
Pelosi confirmed in a statement on Sunday that she is leading a congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, but did not say whether she would travel to Taiwan.
“We’ve seen… where Hollywood has nurtured the Chinese Communist Party. The NBA has cherished the Chinese Communist Party. It shouldn’t be the case when an American government, the President of the United States, should do the same,” Pompeo host John Catsimatidis told his WABC 770 AM radio show in an interview that aired Sunday.
“I don’t often agree with Speaker Pelosi. But she made it clear that she wanted to visit… Taiwan, an independent, sovereign nation. Now the Biden administration is saying, ‘Well, maybe that’s not smart,’ said Pompeo.
He said allowing “America to be bullied by Chinese propaganda” after Biden spoke on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week “would send a very bad message to our friends in the region — the Australians, the South Koreans, the Japanese.”
“But most of the time it would tell the American people it’s okay if the United States let it… [the Chinese] communist party … to dictate how Americans will behave, where we will travel, the things we will say,” Pompeo said.
Biden told reporters earlier this month that the “military doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this point” for Pelosi to travel to Taiwan, a self-governing island that China says is part of its territory.
Xi warned Biden in a phone call on Thursday that the US should not interfere with Taiwan.
“The stance of the Chinese government and the people on the Taiwan issue is consistent, and resolutely protecting China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity is the firm will of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. in a reading of the call between the two leaders.
“Public opinion cannot be defied. Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear on this,” it said.
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