House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan next month and Beijing is not happy, threatening “determined and forceful measures” if the trip happens.


“[China] will have to take determined and forceful measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity” if the trip proceeds, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, according to the Financial Times.


Former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is among those cautioning Pelosi, D-Calif., against any decision to cancel or postpone the trip while warning what message it would send to China.


“At this point, given the bluster and proclamations coming out from Beijing, I think if she doesn’t take the trip it’ll look like she stood down in the face of Chinese rhetoric and protestations,” Esper says.


Esper joins this episode of “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan, wokeness in the military, and the Army’s recruiting crisis.


We also cover these stories:

  • Democrats seek term limits for Supreme Court justices.
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  • A Florida state agency sues a Miami bar for staging drag queen shows for children.

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