Del. Michael San Nicolas (D), a nonvoting delegate who represents Guam in Congress, visited Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE’s (R-Ga.) office with guidebooks of the U.S. territory this week after the congresswoman incorrectly referred to it as a foreign land.
San Nicolas on Monday posted a video of him making the visit to Greene’s office along with a group of members of the Guam National Guard. In the video, San Nicolas could be seen with the guidebooks and treats in hand as he arrived outside her door while dramatic music played in the background.
Guam Rep. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas and members of the Guam National Guard visited the office of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she falsely called the U.S. territory a foreign land. pic.twitter.com/3M3L0BkJZ1— The Hill (@thehill) March 15, 2021
The congresswoman wasn't in the office at the time, but a staffer came out and greeted members of the Guam National Guard and thanked them for their service.
The trip was a promise kept by the congressman, who said earlier this month that he would deliver “delicious Chamorro Chip Cookies” to Greene “as part of our ongoing outreach to new members to introduce them to our wonderful island of Guam” after she inaccurately referred to the territory as a foreign land in a speech urging against federal financial aid being sent overseas.
"I'm a regular, normal person. And I wanted to take my regular, normal 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," she said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.
The visit appeared to be one of a number San Nicolas, who disclosed in the video that the group would be making multiple “deliveries to leadership in Capitol,” paid on Monday with members of the Guam National Guard.
In another clip posted to Facebook on Monday, the group could also be seen delivering a local dish to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.). San Nicolas introduced Clyburn to the guardsmen, who greeted the congressman and took pictures with him.
“They all wanted to say thank you for making sure Guam is included in all the work that you do,” he said.
San Nicolas generated mixed reactions over the visits on social media, with some of his supporters applauding the delegate for following through with the deliveries, particularly to Greene’s office after her gaffe last month, and others, including top Republicans, accusing him of using military members as political props.
The congressman pushed back on some of criticism during an appearance on CNN later Tuesday.
“That criticism is unfounded. We were not at all using military service members for political props. I was taking my guardsmen on a tour of the Capitol, and we stopped at several members’ office, and we delivered some goodies,” he said. “Cookies should never be considered a political prop, but neither should our military. But goodwill is absolutely something that we wish to extend from Guam to everybody, and my guardsmen wish to extend the same, and we’re very honored to be able to facilitate that.”
“We were taking our guardsmen on tour of the Capitol. We actually visited multiple member offices. We tried to deliver cookies to Congresswoman Greene. We delivered a local dish of Guam ... to our Speaker’s office, to our majority leader’s office, to our majority whip’s office,” he also said.
"We were very honored to be able to take our guardsmen on a tour," he added. "It was maybe the third one that I’ve done while they’ve been out here, and they’re very honored to meet members of Congress."
.@brikeilarcnn presses Guam Del. Michael San Nicolas on facing criticism on a video of him delivering cookies to GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene with National Guard troops from the US territory following Greene incorrectly stating that Guam was a foreign country. pic.twitter.com/CprKXYGLJR— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 16, 2021