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June 8th, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) returned from South Korea, Vietnam, and Japan where he was part of a small, bipartisan Congressional delegation from the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. Moulton and the group met with U.S. troops serving in the region, held talks with government officials to discuss the partnership between the United States and our Asian allies, and reviewed the security threats posed by North Korea.
“This trip was an important opportunity to learn more about our allies in Asia and the threats posed by the North Korean regime. It was also an important opportunity to remind our allies that President Trump does not represent the entirety of the United States government.
“Throughout our trip, we were met with anxiety from the world community about America. The most repeated phrase from our bipartisan Congressional delegation in response to that anxiety was that Congress is a separate, co-equal branch of government.
“I will use what I learned to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to strengthen our foreign policy, and continue to be outspoken about the challenges posed by our new president,” said Moulton.
During the delegation, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) joined members to lead a tour of the Hoa Lo Prison and discuss U.S.-Vietnamese relations. The delegation also participated in a tour of the DMZ, met with members of the Japanese government, and participated in an International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) dialogue in Shangri-La.
Members of the delegation joining Congressman Moulton included Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep Austin Scott (R-GA), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI).
Photos of Moulton on the delegation can be found here:
CODEL to Southeast Asia, May 2017
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