Congressional staffers often travel on tabs of foreign governments
About a dozen congressional staffers flew business class on a trip to China last summer and stayed at luxury hotels while touring the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and receiving a “briefing on ancient artifacts and dynasties” at the Shanghai Museum.
The all-expenses-paid visit came courtesy of China. The Chinese government hosted a day of meetings with officials in Beijing followed by eight days packed with outings to destinations often frequented by tourists along with a stop at a missile frigate and two others related to national security — the official theme of the trip.
Seemingly "innocent" exchanges made by Congressional staffers with foreign intelligence agents could be devastating to our national security. This is just crazy.
People like to brag. People like to talk big. People like to feel important. Congressional staffers are privy to information that could be more important to a foreign intelligence officer than the staffers might realize.
Not good in my view.
Our congressional staffers should not owe any sort of debt to China, not even for a tourist outing.