Rick Scott: U.S. Needs to ‘Stand Up to Thugs Like Xi and Putin

Last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., became the first U.S. senator to visit the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania.

Scott met with Eric Huang, head of the Taiwanese Representative Office, and discussed the importance of working together and continuing to stand up for human rights, freedom and ways to fight communist aggression around the world.

“I have long been a strong and vocal supporter of Taiwan and advocated for the protection of its democracy. As Communist China’s threats against the peaceful people of Taiwan continue to grow more severe, the United States and our partners in democracy, like Lithuania, must stand strongly against Xi’s communist aggression. I could not be more proud to be the first United States senator to visit the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania. During my meeting with Mr. Huang, I reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a strong partnership between the U.S., Taiwan and Lithuania, and reiterated my commitment to fight every day alongside our partners and allies to advance the causes of freedom, democracy and human rights around the world. Now is the time for the U.S. government and the entire American business community to show absolute economic and political support for nations like Lithuania that stand up to thugs like Xi and Putin and support fellow democracies like Taiwan. We must never back away from our commitment to freedom for all,” Scott said.

Also last week, Scott visited the U.S. Army outpost in Pabradė, Lithuania to meet with American soldiers stationed there, including several from Florida, and receive an operations brief from commanding officers.

During his visit, Scott and his wife, Mrs. Ann Scott, thanked the soldiers for their service to protect democracy and defend America’s freedoms and toured the Pabradė outpost, which sits less than 20 miles from Lithuania’s border with Belarus.

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