Two-piece group of congressmen serves Thanksgiving lunch to US troops in South Korea
A bipartisan group of congressmen traveling through parts of East Asia spent part of Thanksgiving serving lunch to US troops stationed in South Korea before departing for Taiwan — despite protests from the Chinese embassy.
Republican Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina was one of the legislators who served vegetables, potatoes and turkey to some of the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in the country.
“I enjoyed serving our troops today,” Mace tweeted. “Many of our soldiers have been unable to visit their homes or have their families visit since the onset of COVID. Very important to thank our men and women in uniform.’
Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was among the politicians who helped put food on soldiers’ plates and threw a soccer ball at them.
President Joe Biden also paid tribute to overseas troops on Thanksgiving while staying in Nantucket for the holidays.
Republican Representative Nancy Mace (right) accompanied four Democrats on a tour of three East Asian countries, including South Korea, where she helped serve food to US troops on Thanksgiving
Rep. Colin Allred is seen throwing a soccer ball with an American troop while visiting South Korea
Rep. Sara Jacobs handed out food to the soldiers before the delegation left for Taiwan
A group of congressmen, including Democratic Rep. Mark Takano of California, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Democratic Rep. Sara Jacobs of California, expressed their gratitude to the American troops on Twitter and showed their appreciation personally by serving stationed American soldiers. in South Korea
“We are grateful for their service and for the opportunity to show them our deepest appreciation for all they do every day,” Takano tweeted.
Democratic Rep. Sara Jacobs of California said she was honored to help feed the soldiers.
“We ask so much of military families, especially during Covid,” she tweeted. “With so many unable to go home to see family, I thought it was important to visit and I am grateful for the opportunity to show them our gratitude.”
Earlier this week, the delegation — which also includes Democratic Representatives Colin Allred of Texas and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan — met with 1st Special Forces and South Korean officials to discuss maintaining stability in the region.
The trip included a visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has served as a buffer between North and South Korea since the Korean War and was famously visited by then-President Donald Trump, who crossed the border into North Korea to meet Kim. Young not to meet.
It was preceded by a trip to Okinawa, Japan, where lawmakers met with military commanders to learn about veterans and overseas health care.
The delegation traveled to Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, despite a warning from China, Slotkin said.
“After layovers in Japan and Korea, it’s good to connect with leaders here to discuss a range of economic and national security issues,” the congressman tweeted.
“When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese embassy telling me to cancel the trip.”
She did not elaborate on what motivated the Chinese embassy to make the request, although tensions are mounting as the communist country is poised for a large-scale invasion of Taiwan.
A congressional report released earlier this month revealed that the Chinese military is reaching capacity to take over the island.
‘The PLA’ [People’s Liberation Army] has already attained the capabilities necessary to carry out an air and naval blockade, cyber-attacks and missile strikes on Taiwan,” said a report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional agency designated to provide national security and economic advice to Congress and the President.
PLA leaders now likely believe they have, or will soon have, the initial capacity to conduct a high-risk invasion of Taiwan if ordered by CCP leaders. They will further strengthen that capacity in the coming years.’
Soldiers with machine guns and grenades take part in a military exercise simulating an invasion from China
US-made fighter jet releases flames during exercise in Taiwan
China sees Taiwan as nothing more than an unruly extension of the mainland.
The US recognized island democracy’s autonomy until 1979, but the two nations still have a “robust unofficial relationship.”
The White House has sent confusing messages about its policy toward Taiwan, with President Biden first saying the US had “absolute” duty to defend the island if it came under attack.
Hours later, the president’s press shop released a statement saying that there was no policy change, the US was still following the policy of strategic ambiguity of the Taiwan Relations Act.
Biden previously told a crowd that he had made little progress to stop China’s invasion of Taiwan, but in Beijing he upset the feathers when he used the word “independence.”
President and First Lady Jill Biden also paid tribute to the troops on Thanksgiving.
The pair visited US Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, where they held virtual conversations with troops around the world, and met US Coast Guard personnel on the ground.
They also released a heartfelt video on Twitter, thanking the troops for their service and condolences to families who have lost loved ones to COVID.
President Biden greets Coast Guard members Thursday at Brant Point US Coast Guard station in Nantucket