President Elect Trump has gotten a lot of flack in the media about taking a call with the leader of Taiwan. The mainstream liberal media is calling him negligent and dangerous for doing so. But Vice President Elect Mike Pence made sure to tell the world on ABC’s This Week this past Sunday that the leader of Taiwan is democratically elected and that Trump is taking calls from all the worlds leaders.
“But I think it all begins with relationships, and…that was nothing more than taking a courtesy call of congratulations from the democratically elected leader of Taiwan.”
China has been one of the biggest whiners of all. They have complained that Taiwan is their own and that they own the country and thus the contact that Trump had with their leader is inappropriate. It is a breach considering the longstanding diplomatic protocol.
Back in 1979 President Jimmy Carter broke off any and all diplomatic relations with Taiwan in deference to China which was communist at the time. However, the United States has maintained ties unofficially with the country to this day.
Pence also told George Stephanopoulos,
“It’s a little mystifying to me that President Obama can — can reach out to a murdering dictator in — in Cuba in the last year and be hailed as a hero for doing it and President-elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from a democratically elected leader in Taiwan and it’s become — it’s become something of a controversy, because I think the American people appreciate the fact that — that our president-elect is taking calls from and reaching out to the world and preparing on day one to lead America on the world stage.”
George asked if this was any indication that Trump was changing the American policy towards China and Taiwain. But Pence retorted that that President Elect will deal with Chinese policy after inauguration day.
“On day one, will he label China a currency manipulator?”
“Well, he said that over the course of the campaign. And the truth of the matter is a lot is going to change in America’s economic policies — not just with regard to China, but with regard to the North American Free Trade Agreement, with regard to — look, we — we’ve been — America has been losing too much in jobs and economic growth on the world stage.
And I think people can count on the fact that — that President-elect Donald Trump, when he raises his right hand, is going to walk into the Oval Office and he’s going to — he’s going to become a champion for Americans on the world stage.”
“So he will follow through on that promise?”
“Well, he’s — he’s going to fight for American jobs and — and we’re going to stop losing to China and to other countries.”
Stephanopoulos continued to ask the same question,
“Does that mean labeling them a currency manipulator?”
Pence ended by saying,
“It — it will be for the president-elect to decide whether he implements that policy after inauguration. He spoke about that in the course of the campaign,” Pence said. “But look, it’s all about a process. He spoke to President Xi in China two weeks ago. They had a great conversation. He’s begun the relationship there.
But after January 20, our new president will make decisions about what the policy of the United States will be. But I promise you, America is going to start winning on world stage again and winning economically and — and he’ll make the right decisions…”
Pence made it very clear that making sure Americans stop losing to China will be a top priority of the administration. Insisting they will put American workers and jobs first above all else.
Reince Priebus who will be Trump’s Chief of Staff said the following about the call,
“He knew exactly what was happening. But, look, we have got a lot of problems to solve in this country, and we’re not going to solve them by just making believe that people don’t exist. This was a two-minute congratulatory call. He talked to (Chinese) President Xi over two weeks ago. I’m sure he’d be willing to talk with him again.
This is not a massive deviation of our policy. But President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to work with China, PRC, to make sure that we have a better deal, that we have better trade agreements, and that we do a better job in protecting the American worker. And he’s going to continue to do it.”
Priebus made sure to note that a courtesy call does not notate a change in policy.