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Diplomatic Blowup In Asia Due To Trump Wanting Hotel Project In Taiwan?

December 3, 2016

Millions of Americans this morning can say ‘I told you so’.  There is a sinister aspect to all that surrounds Donald Trump.  His using the White House for his own ends was something that was talked about during the campaign.  The collision between governing and Trump’s business is most concerning and troubling.

Newspapers in Taiwan reported last month that a Trump Organization representative had visited the country, expressing interest in perhaps developing a hotel project adjacent to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which is undergoing a major expansion. … A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, Amanda Miller, said that the company had ‘no plans for expansion into Taiwan,’ and that there had been no ‘authorized visits’ to the country to push a Trump development project. But Ms. Miller did not dispute that Anne-Marie Donoghue, a sales manager overseeing Asia for Trump Hotels, had visited Taiwan in October, a trip that Ms. Donoghue recorded on her Facebook page.

The news this morning is context for what happened via a phone call with Trump in a most unprecedented situation.

President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan’s president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president’s relations with China. The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since before the United States broke diplomatic relations with the island in 1979. China considers Taiwan a province, and news of the official outreach by Trump is likely to infuriate the regional military and economic power.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. StarSpangledSolly permalink
    December 3, 2016 11:50 PM

    Actually, I agree with you (mostly) about DumpAss’ fox paw. But it’s so fun to rattle your cage, I can imagine the fingers indignantly pounding the keys in response :). On the other hand, this is a good example of his appeal to the people who rejected Hillary and voted for him. Not (all) stoopid people, some just fed up and wanting to stop the insanity. We buy billions of $$$ in crap from China, sold in Walmart, borrow hundreds of billions more from China, in part to spend on our military to protect Europe, the Middle East and SouthEast Asia, and yet everybody’s got they undies in a bunch because he had a phone call with the President of Taiwan, (and who called who first???) with whom, by the way, we sell billions of dollars in military lethal weapons and send our warships to “show the flag” every time China farts sideways. Remember DumpAss making a big deal about our Navy ship being taken and sailors humiliated by Iran? And we had no frickin’ satellites and technology to prove that they weren’t in territorial waters? And if they were, we should have apologised. And if they weren’t once they were safely back, every mullah’s bank account should have read a big fat “0” the next day. Oops, musta been one of them internet glitches.

  2. December 3, 2016 7:48 PM

    It is also true that no other time in our history relates to the one we are about to enter. Process matters and that point is more obvious now than ever with Trump upending (it would seem) in one phone call the China policy in place for decades. And for the aim, it might be assumed, from news accounts to benefit his own family business. Clearly process mattering should concern you, too.

  3. Solly permalink
    December 3, 2016 5:20 PM

    as you’ve said many times on this blog, “process is important” except when it’s a result you support. There is no conflict of interest statute for the president. “It’s true that federal conflict-of-interest laws exempt the president.” (Politico) So, you’ve gotten the foreign jobs you like. Kwityerbitchin’ Really!

  4. December 3, 2016 2:42 PM

    Really? You can not truly be transposing the need for free trade over the cynical and dangerous manipulations of someone who will sit in the Oval Office and use foreign policy as a means for his own personal gain!


  5. Solly permalink
    December 3, 2016 2:29 PM

    but, but, Deke! Isn’t it important for young people in foreign countries to have trade, and construction jobs and maid jobs so that they can do better than their parents? And everybody is happy? Maybe they can use the Chinese steel like Trump does in his other hotels, and that will produce more jobs and understanding in foreign countries. All part of the plan. Maybe this is another of the countless examples…… “I always ask others to consider in the call centers a decade ago in India that because of free trade young people were making a starting wage that was the same as what their parents made upon retirement. That is exactly what needs to happen. Countless examples of this type allow for more markets to expand and governmental stability to be strong in nation after nation. While I grant some have a point that there are those who will come up short due from such a pact it is also true that the majority of businesses benefit from a final deal as does the nation as a whole.”

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