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Today in codel selfies: Schock (and awe) on the Great Wall

Practicing a little cultural diplomacy, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) stopped to take a selfie (of course they did) on the Great Wall of China during their congressional delegation trip to Asia.

Schock posted the picture to his private Instagram account, with the caption “Great Wall selfie.” His office gave us permission to republish it. (Note: We do not have this much fun on work trips.)

Reps. Aaron Schock and Kristi Noem on the Great Wall (Rep. Aaron Schock’s office)


Schock and Noem are on a spring break codel to Asia led by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Also on the trip are Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.).  Kay Granger (R-Texas), Paul Cook (R-Calif.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Gone a week, they’ve visited Japan, South Korea and ended their trip in China. They head to Shanghai today for their last stop to meet with representatives from U.S. companies.

Their schedule is packed with meetings, as they always are on these trips, but we hope they thought to book early for the exclusive Ultraviolet, a secret one-table restaurant in the Chinese metropolis.

The group started their trip in Hawaii where Schock fit in a little me-time in the Pacific. He posted a shirtless picture of himself surfing with the hashtag #icouldlivehere. (You’ll have to Google that one yourselves.)

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.



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