Mark Halperin Reveals the Future of Trump’s Global Unpredictability: ‘Better Get Used to It’


Breaking with nearly forty years of United States diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump held a phone call last week with Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese President, sending many into a frenzy of how-could-he-dare-do-that panic. The move, according to many, jeopardizes our relationship with China, who refuses to acknowledge the sovereignty of Taiwan.

The Washington Post called it a “historic communication.”

While some have wondered if Trump actually knew what he was doing when he accepted the call, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin suggested Monday morning that perhaps it was a part of a pattern of behavior we should come to expect from the soon-to-be 45th President.

“What do you think the political fall out will be?” asked Morning Joe cohost Joe Scarborough.

“There’s an improvisational quality to how they’re dealing with everything,” he noted about the transition team and quickly-assembling cabinet. “And that’s a little bit dangerous,” he admitted.

“But,” he continued, “we have not had leverage over China in a long time. This is easy leverage. And there are some risks involved but this shows that in some areas, [Trump] does not claim to be an in-box foreign policy president.” The goal of Trump, instead, is likely to “change the board,” furthering that it’s all about gaining leverage to improve the place of the United States in the global community.

“I think people who are unsettled by it better get used to it, because this is the way it’s gonna be,” Halperin continued.

Watch above via MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

J.D. Durkin (@jivedurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.

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