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