[Rushtalk] Some US conservatives praise Trump over Taiwan phone call

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Dec 18 14:03:42 MST 2016


Some US conservatives praise Trump over Taiwan phone call

Gregory FEIFER,AFP 2 hours 11 minutes ago 

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Washington (AFP) - Amid an outpouring of condemnation over
President-elect Donald Trump's telephone conversation with President
Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, some prominent US conservatives are commending
his decision to take her call.

Trump's conversation with Tsai on Friday broke decades of US diplomatic
policy, risking a serious rift with China by calling into question one
of Beijing's self-described "core interests" -- the "One China" policy
to which then-president Richard Nixon agreed in 1978.

No US president or president-elect has spoken to a Taiwanese leader
since then. Some US conservatives however see no evil in the Friday
call.

"I would much rather have Donald Trump talking to President Tsai than to
Cuba's Raul Castro or Iran's Hasan Rouhani," Texas Senator Ted Cruz --
Trump's main challenger and a fierce critic during this year's
Republican primary race -- tweeted on Saturday. "This is an
improvement."

President Barack Obama has spoken with Rouhani by phone, and met Castro
on a trip to Cuba.

Ari Fleischer, White House spokesman under former president George W.
Bush, didn't think that accepting the call was a bad idea. 

"China has been increasingly aggressive with us because they know we
won't do anything meaningful about it," Fleischer tweeted. "I don't mind
Trump pushing back."

China regards self-ruling Taiwan as part of its own territory awaiting
reunification under Beijing's rule, and any US move implying support for
independence -- even calling Tsai "president," as Trump did in a tweet
announcing the call -- prompts grave offense in China.

- Foreign policy pivot? -

But some critics thought that Trump had crossed a dangerous line.

"What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major
pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That's how wars start," tweeted
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.

Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway brushed aside the criticism,
insisting that the call did not necessarily indicate a change of policy.

"Senator Murphy's tweet is pretty incendiary," she told CNN late Friday.
"This is how wars are starting and it is a major policy shift because
you get a phone call? That is pretty negative."

Asked whether Trump's decision to take Tsai's call was the result of a
mistake by an inexperienced staff, she said the real estate billionaire
was fully aware of the implications.

Trump's other defenders included Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

"I commend President-elect Trump for his conversation with President
Tsai Ing-wen, which reaffirms our commitment to the only democracy on
Chinese soil," he said in a statement.

"Obama breaks w/decades of US policy on Cuba & gets endless fawning
coverage," the conservative journalist Stephen Hayes tweeted. "Trump
breaks w/US policy by phoning Taiwan & he's reckless?"

- Surprise Palin criticism -

Trump received criticism on another matter from an unexpected source on
Friday: the outspoken former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who strongly
supported him during his campaign.

A favorite of the powerful far-right Tea Party movement, Palin condemned
Trump's deal with the Carrier air conditioner company this week to keep
1,100 jobs in Indiana instead of shipping hundreds to Mexico, in return
for what the company said would be a $7 million tax-break package from
the state.

"When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies,
favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair,
illogical precedent," Palin wrote on the website Young Conservatives. 

"We support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we
know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."

Trump's transition team is believed to be considering Palin, a former
Republican candidate for vice president, for a cabinet position.

During his presidential campaign, the Republican billionaire repeatedly
threatened to slap tariffs on firms that decamped for Mexico, Asia and
other regions with cheaper labor costs.

On Friday, Trump singled out another industrial company, tweeting,
"Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all
of its 300 workers. This is happening all over our country. No more!"

 



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