Sunday, December 4, 2016


Wow. The way we've been running our government is finally coming out. Apparently we just don't talk to other countries without permission. Since 1979. Loving this President more and more.
-- @realDonaldTrump at 7:44 p.m.: "The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!" ... at 8:41 p.m.: "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."

DustinM- If his twitter feed is the only place you're getting your information on why this is such a massive clusterfuck on his part, I don't think I can even begin to explain what's wrong with what he is doing.

But I'll give it a shot.

First, read up on the "One China" policy. It'll help explain why the US hasn't talked to the Taiwanese leadership since 1979.

Second, google "Trump Taiwan hotel", and see what his company is doing.

Third, look into who actually arranged this call. It was Trump's team.

This whole thing was a self-serving act, and could destabilize US-China relations in a very serious way.

He's an idiot, and will continue to prove it.

-- 20 hrs

DickC- Thanks, Dustin. Always nice to have a civilized conversation. Yeah, I was studying China/Taiwan relations before 1979, in high school. I watched Nixon open the US to China in 1972, and still think it was the most important thing he did in his presidency. I'd submit that any policy in place for close to 30 years might be due for review.

Yes, of COURSE if you hire a global hotel magnate, he'll have friends and business around the world. Kind of like if you hire someone under multiple Federal investigations, they just might get convicted. I heard the call came from Taiwan, but if Trump's team initiated it so much the better.

We'll see who's the idiots are, here. Give him time to get into office.

-- 19 hrs

JohnB- 1979 sounds like some BS Carter might have initiated. We had a friendly relationship with Taiwan b4 China. Why can't we all just get along? Was he supposed to hang up on the President of free China?

-- 17 hrs

DickC- I just think it's really cute that the existing power structure is under the impression that Trump will do a "Master, May I?" every time he has an idea. Not how it works in business. The top dog decides what's going to happen, the other dogs get it done or they're turned into sausage.

Un-- 1 · 16 hrs

DallasK- It’s a little different when there are 1.357 billion dogs and they are really possessive over their patch of land. It isn’t really our role to decide if they are being silly about it or not. They certainly won’t appreciate us rubbing their noses in the fact that we give Taiwan military aid.

It was just a poor decision all around.

-- 14 hrs

RickP- It was a non- political decision. That's why the professional politicians are having a cow.

-- 11 hrs

DickC- In business, you talk to your competitors. Your retailers. Your customers. The more information and connections you have, the better things work.

Un-- 1 · 35 mins

JohnB- "Keep your friends close and your friends closer"

-- 19 mins

DickC- "Walk softly and beat the hell out of your enemies with a big stick."

-- 12 mins

JohnB- DickC- YES! Exactly what TRJr said!!!

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