San Francisco-The protest that took place outside the hotel where President Tsai Ing-wen (???) stayed during her stopover in San Francisco on Saturday was normal in a democratic society, said American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty, according to Tsai's spokesman.
Tsai faced a protest by overseas Taiwanese as she left her hotel Saturday to attend a luncheon with people from the local Taiwanese community at the Hyatt Regency near San Francisco International Airport before heading back to Taiwan.
Addressing the protests on the chartered flight home, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) cited Moriarty as saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion, highlighting the flourishing democracy that the United States and Taiwan both enjoy.
The AIT head also had a positive outlook on the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, Huang said, adding that Moriarty, who also attended the luncheon, said his friendship with Tsai went way back.
A career diplomat, Moriarty was head of the political section of the AIT office in Taipei from 1995 to 1998. His other posts included U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh and Nepal.
Tsai's delegation, which visited Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador over the past week, left San Francisco on Saturday afternoon and is expected to arrive in Taipei at 10 p.m. Sunday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel