- At CPAC in February, Marjorie Taylor Greene falsely suggested that Guam is a foreign country.
- The US territory’s congressional delegate has since offered Greene cookies.
- The office of the governor of Guam also offered Greene educational resources on the island.
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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was offered cookies and a geography lesson by leaders in Guam after she falsely suggested the US territory is a foreign country that didn’t deserve aid.
In comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida in late February that surfaced on Tuesday, Greene said: “I’m a regular person. And I wanted to take my regular-person, normal, everyday American values, which is, we love our country. We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America, not for what? China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam, whatever, wherever.”
Michael San Nicolas, Guam’s delegate in the House, told The Guam Daily Post, “Congresswoman Greene is a new member, and we will be paying a visit to her and delivering delicious Chamorro Chip Cookies as part of our ongoing outreach to new members to introduce them to our wonderful island of Guam.”
The office of Guam’s governor, Lourdes Aflague Leon Guerrero, offered educational resources to Greene.
“We would be more than happy to send Representative Greene’s office a copy of ‘Destiny’s Landfall: A History of Guam,'” Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the director of communications for the governor, told The Post.
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Guam, an island in the west Pacific Ocean, has been a US territory since 1898, following the Spanish-American War. Its residents are US citizens who pay federal taxes, but not federal income tax. Many people in Guam serve in the US military, and it’s considered to be of vital strategic importance.
North Korea threatened the territory in 2017, and the top US commander in the Indo-Pacific earlier this week called for upgrading defensive capabilities on Guam, citing threats from China.
Guam residents cannot vote for president and do not have a vote in Congress. Like other US territories, Guam sends a nonvoting delegate to Congress. There are close to 6,200 active-duty US troops in Guam, which is home to roughly 170,000 people.