US remains open to presidential candidates who wish to visit: AIT
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday reiterated its stance that the U.S. welcomes the Kuomintang (KMT) to send its presidential candidate to visit as the ongoing row over whether KMT presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) will embark on such a trip continued.
AIT spokesman Mark Zimmer yesterday told local media there has been no change in the U.S. stance and that it welcomes all presidential candidates to visit if they are interested.
“Visitors make their own decisions. If the KMT candidate visits, we’ll treat her well, as we did Dr. Tsai (Tsai Ing-wen). But, we don’t decide whether they visit or not,” Zimmer noted.
Zimmer made the remarks when asked to comment on Hung saying she might have other KMT members, including KMT Chairman Eric Chu ( ) or her future running mate, replace her on a U.S. tour.
During a roundtable with local media last Wednesday, new AIT Director Kin Moy said Washington is willing to accord Hung the same level of courtesy as her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) counterpart Tsai should she decide to visit the U.S.
If Hung expresses interest in visiting the U.S. as the KMT’s presidential candidate, Moy said the U.S. would welcome her to share her views on a wide range of topics with a broad spectrum of Americans.
Asked to comment on whether she will visit the U.S., Hung previously said that she is unlikely to do so because her campaign had rather a late start, and she believes it is more worthwhile to spend the time electioneering in Taiwan.
Hung yesterday further disclosed that her campaign staff are also considering having Chu or Hung’s future running mate visit the U.S. instead.