James Jay Carafano
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met with Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen in California on Wednesday. Tsai warned that “democracy is under threat” during the meeting at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. She is the first Taiwan president to meet with a House speaker in the United States (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan in August 2022).
Today, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will meet with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and a bipartisan group of lawmakers while transiting through California on her way back to Taiwan from Central America. Speaker McCarthy would be the highest-ranking U.S. leader publicly known to meet a Taiwan President on U.S. soil.