Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19, postpones trip to Asia

The announcement followed a warning from China that it would take strong action if the trip included a visit to Taiwan, as local media had claimed.

Pelosi’s deputy director of communications, Drew Hammill, said in a tweet Thursday that the planned Congressional delegation to Asia, which Pelosi will lead during the two-week congressional recess, “will be rescheduled for a later date.”

“After testing negative this week, President Pelosi received a positive test result for Covid-19 and is currently asymptomatic. The President is fully vaccinated and strengthened, and is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided. President will be quarantined per CDC advice and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly,” Hammill tweeted.

Reports from some Japanese and Taiwanese media that Pelosi was planning to travel to Taiwan after a stopover in Japan this weekend – although not confirmed by Pelosi’s office or the Taiwanese government – ​​had previously triggered a warning from Beijing that such a visit would have serious repercussions for China and the United States. reports.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Thursday that China “resolutely opposes any form of official contact between the United States and Taiwan” and urged Washington to “immediately cancel the proposed President Pelosi to visit Taiwan”.

“If the United States insists on going its own way, China will take firm and strong measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. All possible consequences arising therefrom will be borne entirely by the US side,” he added, without providing details. .

The Chinese Communist Party has long democratically claimed Taiwan as part of its territory and has repeatedly promised to “reunite” with the island of 24 million people – by force if necessary – although it has not never ruled. Washington officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei, but undertakes to give Taiwan the means to defend itself.

Pelosi’s positive test result comes after a flurry of positive tests among Capitol Hill lawmakers this week.

She was at the White House on Wednesday next to President Joe Biden as he signed a bill into law. The house doctor told CNN that members who attended should test negative within 24 hours of the event.

Pelosi, the top House Democrat, is 82. As Speaker of the House, she is second in the order of presidential succession behind the Vice President.

Biden, 79, tested negative Wednesday evening, the White House announced.

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