President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan this week and the shockwaves from the call have reverberated throughout the political world.
Many on the left, like CNN’s Anderson Cooper, have treated the call as if it could trigger World War 3.
Cooper asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway about the call and its implications.
“This has been long-standing U.S. policy towards China—not to recognize Taiwan,” Cooper said as he noted no president or president-elect has spoken to the Taiwanese leader since the U.S broke relations with it in 1979.
“Right,” Conway said. “Again, I can’t discuss anything beyond what’s been publicly said.”
Cooper cited a tweet from Democrat Connecticut Rep. Chris Murphy who dramatically declared Trump’s call is “how wars start.”
(2) 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.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2016
The phone call did apparently miff China, who considers Taiwan part of its territory.
“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 on Saturday.
But Yi also said it was a “small action” that did not threaten relations between the two superpowers.
Cooper, perhaps seizing on the opportunity to paint Trump as an uninformed novice, asked Conway if the president-elect was aware of the “One China” policy.
Conway said Trump was “well aware of the U.S. policy,” and chided Cooper for his insinuation and for, what she believes, is more scrutiny than President Obama had received in 2008.
“I don’t remember any discussions ever being asked about President Obama or president-elect Obama eight years ago at this time,” she said.
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