Media Wrongfully Attacks Trump Over Taiwan Phone Call

img_1611Trump took a phone call from Taiwan’s leader a few days ago and the media has lambasted him since.  Supposedly no U.S. President has spoken with Taiwan’s leader since 1979, when the U.S. aligned with mainland communist China.  The media reported that China would be very upset that Trump spoke to Taiwan’s leader.

This begs the question, why should we care if China gets upset?   The last I checked Americans didn’t like communism and communist countries.   China is still a communist country.   The U.S. was aligned with Chinese leader Chiang Kaishek during World War II and continued the alliance when Kaishek fled to Taiwan after defeat on the mainland by the communists in a civil war.  It was only in 1979 that the U.S. changed its alignment from Taiwan to communist China.  Despite the change in alignment, the U.S. is still obligated to help Taiwan maintain an adequate defense.  Yes, Trump was not lying when he tweeted that the media shouldn’t be so critical of a simple phone call given that the U.S. does sell weapons to Taiwan.  In 2010, the Obama administration announced its intention to sell 6.4 billion worth of military hardware to Taiwan.     If China was going to be upset about anything one would think they would first prefer the U.S. stop assisting in the defense of Taiwan, rather than worry about a congratulatory phone call to Trump.  But somehow Trump is to blame for a potential destabilization in the region by a mere phone call?  It just sounds absurd.  Moreover, Taiwan’s government is a democracy!  Last I checked the U.S. supported democracies over communism.   Maybe Trump wants to change the dipolomatic relationships between the U.S., China, and Taiwan.  If he so chose, it would be his right as President.

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Trump’s Sales Ambassador Met With Taiwan Mayor in September

img_1610-1After a phone call with Taiwan’s leader that broke with U.S. diplomatic protocol, Trump denied that his company is exploring business prospects there.  However, the mayor of the Taiwanese city of Tauyuan said Trump’s representatives met with him in September to explore a possible hotel venture.  The Trump representative who visited the Taiwanese mayor has been identified as Charlyne Chen.  Ms. Chen denied being an employee of Trump but admitted to being a “sales ambassador” for Trump’s company.  Ms. Chen admitted the meeting occurred before the election and said talks are at a very early stage.  In addition, Anne Marie Donoghue, Trump Hotels’ Asia sales director, visited Taiwan in the fall for business.  Reporters have been unable to speak with her about the details of the trip.

So it seems Trump’s claim to not have sought any business ventures in Taiwan recently is false.  This is significant because the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids the president from receiving payments from a foreign government.  The emoluments clause aims to prevent bribery and conflicts of interest.

This is also significant because the U.S. diplomatic position since 1979 is not to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation.

(credit to the wall street journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-aides-deny-plans-to-invest-in-taiwan-1480797511)