'Speaker Pelosi was right' -GOP offers rare praise over Taiwan visit

STORY: "I'm about to use four words in a row that I haven't used in this way before, and those four words are: Speaker Pelosi was right," Blunt said during a GOP news conference on Tuesday. That sentiment was echoed by McConnell.

Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday. China immediately condemned Pelosi's visit, with the foreign ministry saying it seriously damages peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, "has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The ministry said it lodged a strong protest with the United States.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen will meet with Pelosi, who is second in the line of succession to the U.S. presidency and a long-time critic of Beijing, on Wednesday morning and then have lunch together, the presidential office said. Pelosi, traveling with six other American lawmakers, is the first U.S. House speaker to visit Taiwan since 1997.