Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, greeted a Voice of America News reporter in Mandarin.
A video of the exchange has been viewed over 180,000 times since it was posted on Saturday afternoon.
The New York senator, who studied abroad in Taiwan and China while she was an Asian studies major at Dartmouth University, is known to be conversational in Mandarin. In the video, Gillibrand introduces herself by her Chinese name, Lu Tian Na.
Her language skills impressed Chinese-American voters in New York ahead of a key election, according to a 2009 New York Times profile of the senator.
The viral clip comes after a similar interaction between South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE and a Norwegian reporter.
Buttigieg, who is expected to formally announce his 2020 campaign this month, reportedly speaks seven languages in addition to English: French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Arabic, Maltese and Dari.
Gillibrand’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.