GOP Rep. Palmer warns of ‘global depression’ if China invades Taiwan

Last week’s vote to authorize $40 billion in aid to Ukraine through Congress has been difficult for many Republican lawmakers. The measure made its way through the House and was passed in the Senate later that week. Among those who voted for passage was Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL), chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.

During an interview with Mobile, AL radio FM Talk 106.5, Palmer said there was “greater” justification for his “yes” vote on the $40 billion.

According to the Republican Alabama lawmaker, not only was it essential for Ukraine’s defense against Russian invasion, but the gesture sent a message to other hostile actors around the world, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has ambitions to invade Taiwan.

“I know there are people who are worried about, you know, what’s going on in Ukraine,” he said. “They don’t see it in the bigger picture. But I tell people – I know people in Alabama are watching the vote. Across the country, people are watching the vote. But they need to understand who else is watching the vote. Obviously, Vladimir Putin is watching him, but so is Xi Jinping and China. It’s huge.”

“If they see that we as a country are ready to continue supporting the Ukrainians, then I think that sends a clear message that we will do the same for Taiwan,” Palmer continued. “We cannot afford to lose Taiwan to the Chinese. Seventy percent of your semiconductors and microchips come from Taiwan. Ninety percent of your progress comes from there. I think if China invaded Taiwan, those factories would be destroyed, and I think we would be in a global depression. The Ayatollah was watching this vote, Kim Jong-un in North Korea.

“You have to see it as a whole and understand that there are things happening right now that could seriously impact our future,” he added.

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