Commerce Department Head To Blackburn: “I Have Had No Reason To Visit Taiwan”

October 4, 2023

Following a “productive” trip to Communist China, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo admitted to U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today that she sees “no reason to visit Taiwan.” 

The United States relies primarily on Taiwan for semiconductor chips, within the purview of the Department of Commerce. 


Watch the exchange here. 

Partial Transcript:

BLACKBURN: Okay. And have you visited Taiwan? 

RAIMONDO: I have not. 

BLACKBURN: Any reason for that? 

RAIMONDO: I have had no reason to visit Taiwan. 

BLACKBURN: No reason to visit Taiwan. And even though they're a primary supplier of a lot of chips, do you consider Taiwan a country? 

RAIMONDO: The administration's policy is clear on Taiwan. 

BLACKBURN: You're not going to deviate from that? 

RAIMONDO: Absolutely not.