Donald Trump takes to Twitter to defend himself against phone call with Taiwan

The international community is befuddled.

Feb 28, 2020, 7:35 pm*

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Josh Katzowitz 

Josh Katzowitz

Screengrab via Transition 2017/YouTube

Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, and already, it’s causing all kinds of international interest. Mostly because Trump broke with nearly four decades of presidential protocol that doesn’t acknowledge any diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

China treats Taiwan as a renegade province—but still a part of China itself—and the U.S. since 1979 has agreed with that notion in its “One China” policy. But Trump’s decision to take a phone call Friday has led to plenty of global unrest in the hours since he did it.

Facing mounting unrest, Trump, naturally, took to Twitter to explain himself.

Other reports, though, have concluded that Trump’s staff was who facilitated the 10-minute call. Almost immediately, China—which has been accused by Trump of starting the so-called global warming hoax—called the White House to complain.

For their part, the Chinese have called the phone call a “a shenanigan by the Taiwan side” and a “little trick.” But clearly, the country’s leadership is worried and/or confused about the phone call.

“The ‘One China’ policy is the cornerstone of a healthy China-U.S. relationship. I hope this political foundation won’t be disrupted or damaged,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, via CNN.

Last month, China threatened that iPhone and American car sales would plummet if Trump attempted to start a trade war.

There’s also this, though: According to the Shanghaiist, the mayor of Taoyuan, a city in the northwest of Taiwan, said Trump is considering building luxury hotels and resorts there.

As for what Trump might do next …

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*First Published: Dec 3, 2016, 11:30 am