President Tsai dismisses report on U.S. transit

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Monday dismissed a media report suggesting the United States government is likely to rule out Washington and New York as possible transit stops when she travels to Paraguay next month.

"The report is so highly speculative that it is not very accurate," Tsai told reporters during a trip to the eastern county of Taitung.

The president said she has not made any request of the United States government to stop in Washington, explaining that convenience and safety are the primary considerations in arranging the trip to South America.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make public details of the trip as soon as the preparations are completed, she added.

Tsai has been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of Paraguayan President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez on Aug. 15.

Citing an unnamed source, a report in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said the United States is "very unlikely" to let Tsai enter high-profile cities such as Washington or New York, to avoid antagonizing China at a time when the two countries are locked in a trade war.

The paper said Tsai would probably pass through airports in Houston, Texas, or Miami, Florida.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel