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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been criticized on social media for comments she made about “ties” to China during a press conference on Thursday.
Pelosi said she always had a special connection to China because of her childhood memories.
“When I was little, I was told that if I dig a hole on the beach, I could get to China, so I always felt connected to that,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi made the comment during a trip to the Indo-Pacific.
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Outkick founder Clay Travis said:
“LOL what?” said Benny Johnson of Turning Point USA.
“Make us look like idiots to the rest of the world,” said a Twitter user.
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“Are you saying this person was the perfect choice to visit Taiwan?” another Twitter user said.
Pelosi visited the Indo-Pacific last week and stopped in Taiwan on Tuesday, despite repeated threats from China not to visit the island.
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“Our visit was one of several congressional delegations to Taiwan and in no way contradicted long-standing U.S. policy guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the U.S.-China Joint Communiqué, and the Six Guarantees. We will not,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo.”
Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozzi contributed to this report.