Florida Republican Rep. Mike Waltz said on Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is soft on China over her husband’s financial investments in the communist nation.
Waltz shared the concern on Fox News Radio’s “Guy Benson Show” responding to Pelosi’s video that asked American athletes in China not to speak out against human rights issues.
“But yet, she wouldn’t support my bill calling for a boycott, nor would she support my bill saying, you know what, if you’re going to sell products made with modern-day slave labor that we know is also building the Chinese — building up the Chinese military, then you shouldn’t be able to sell to the Defense Department. None of those she would support,” Waltz said.
The congressman argued Pelosi was once tougher on China, but changed a few years ago after her husband’s investments in the nation grew.
“And the thing is, she’s always been pretty tough, historically, about Tibet. She met with the Dalai Lama. She was tough. But she switched a few years ago,” Waltz commented.
“And, coincidentally, it was about the time that her husband became heavily involved financially in Chinese investments and in Chinese firms. And look, Guy, this is how the Chinese Communist Party operates. They co-opt people,” he added.
The discussion occurs as Congress is debating whether to pass a bill that would prohibit lawmakers from buying or selling stock while in office due to a conflict of interest.
The growing concern with insider trading could be an issue on major world topics, including, in this case, the nation’s relationship with China.