Would you go to a doctor if the doctor had no experience in medicine?
Would you hire a lawyer if the lawyer had no experience in law besides watching Better Call Saul?
I understand that politicians are fairly despised but we just elected somebody with no experience in government even at its lowest level to the most important role in probably the world. We’re fucked. And I’m not saying that in a glib way. In the WaPo article they state they’re not sure if he intends some kind of shift in diplomatic relations with China. And that’s the thing. I don’t think Trump has any intentions at all. He’s just jumping in without giving a shit about any diplomatic ramifications.
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.
The exchange is one of a string of unorthodox conversations with foreign leaders that Trump has held since his election. It comes at a particularly tense time between China and Taiwan, which earlier this year elected a president, Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to accept the notion of a unified China under Beijing’s rule. Her election angered Beijing to the point of cutting off all official communication with the island government.
It is not clear whether Trump intends a more formal shift in U.S. relations with Taiwan or China. On the call, Trump and Tsai congratulated each other on winning their elections, a statement from Trump’s transition office said.