US ‘stumbled into trouble’ with Pelosi’s potential trip to Taiwan: Hume

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The United States “has stumbled into a good mess” with the publicity surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s alleged plans to officially visit Taiwan in the coming weeks, Fox News’ senior political analyst said Wednesday. , Brit Hume.

Pelosi has not confirmed any trips, although speculation has even led some Democrats to question whether it was a good idea – while some Republicans conversely agree with the plan.

Hume said the Chinese government has decided to make travel an issue, which is not unprecedented for a Speaker of the House, like ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., The two made a bipartisan trip during their tenure and separately told Fox. News that he supports Pelosi’s potential plan.

“[It’s] putting the United States in a position where, if it leaves, we fear there will be some kind of escalation,” he said, citing remarks to that effect from Biden’s top ally, Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California, speaks during a press conference.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California, speaks during a press conference.
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“And if she doesn’t, it looks like we’ve backed down from threats against China,” he said – as China considers Taiwan part of its country, while the government in Taipei considers itself sovereign.

“American politicians go to these places like Taiwan all the time. There’s nothing unusual about it, if anything. There shouldn’t be any provocation about it. And yet, here we are. I can’t believe this is going to end in escalating tensions in a dangerous way,” Hume later added.

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech in Kaohsiung.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech in Kaohsiung.
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“But sometimes that’s how war starts. So it’s worrying and it’s a regular mess.”

Hume noted that Taiwan is key to U.S. trade because it’s a primary maker of semiconductor chips – the shortage of which has caused supply chain disruptions in autos and tech. .

“So there’s a lot at stake here. And hopefully the leaders can defuse that. It’s worrying.”

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In this image from the video, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivers a nominating speech on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

In this image from the video, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivers a nominating speech on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.
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As the Biden administration reportedly tries to stave off claims of an economic recession – manifested in two straight quarters of negative GDP growth, critics said the White House was trying to redefine to avoid blame.

As the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again, Hume pointed to how President Carter’s Fed Chairman Paul Volcker “raised interest rates relentlessly” as the Georgia Democrat ushered in the hyperinflation.

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“The economy fell into a bad recession…” he said. “It was successful in driving inflation out of the economy. But make no mistake, it was very painful – and Reagan stuck with it,” he added – adding that the Republicans had then “taken a bath” mid-term in 1982.

“So it’s a time here for people to be concerned, because when the Fed is falling behind and trying to engineer what’s called a soft landing, it’s very hard to pull it off.”

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