Rick Scott lauds Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

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'We're going to stand with them.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott went on a conservative television network in defense of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at least when it comes to a foreign trip she has planned to Taiwan.

“I’m glad that Speaker Pelosi’s going,” Scott said. “I hope that more elected officials go over there.”

Pelosi’s Taiwan trip, slated for August, defies the communist Chinese government in Beijing, which says such a trip would adversely impact relations between China and the United States.

Scott, who recently made the trip himself, lauded Pelosi’s travel plans.

“I actually just got back from Taiwan a couple of weeks ago. And I think it’s important that we go over there and let Taiwan and South Korea and Japan know we’re their ally. We’re going to stand with them. I think it’s important to let Taiwan know that we’re going to defend their freedom,” Scott said on the Fox Business Network’s “Varney and Co.”

Chinese leadership warns, per the Associated Press, of a “strong and forceful response” if Pelosi makes the trip. Scott gave some indication of what that might look like.

“Communist China, by the way, they’re not our friend,” Scott noted. “They ran sorties into Taiwan’s air space when I was there.”

A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry has offered stern warnings already, saying the Pelosi visit could “severely undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impact the foundation of China-U.S. relations and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces.”

A spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council said something similar to Xinhua’s English language publication this week, saying his office continues to “resolutely oppose any official exchange between the United States and Taiwan.”

This has been an issue of concern for Beijing for months.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi offered similar saber rattling this spring, comments for global consumption that were reported in the state publication Xinhua.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


2 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    July 20, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Scott is worth over $200,000,000 and grifted his way into federal court for fraud. Also wants to shovel money from the poor to the rich. What the hell is this guy talking about? Dissonance in the flesh…

  • It's Complicated

    July 28, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I’m not so sure how far the U.S. actually go to “defend Taiwan’s freedom.” It’s a difficult situation. According to many organizations that watch this sort of thing, China is fast-approaching the capacity to physically invade Taiwan. This lack of infrastructure is what for years kept that consideration off the table. The consensus is it would be costly in terms of money, human lives, international stature, and runs the risk of a MAJOR regional war – possibly even nuclear war. If China chooses to invade Taiwan, it will be clear they have done the calculus, and the stature and risks of war considerations are no longer that important to them, and the reward for taking Taiwan has been determined to outweigh the risk.

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