‘It Was Just a Phone Call’: Conway Says Trump’s Call With Taiwan Won’t Change Relations With China
Senior Donald Trump adviser Kellyannce Conway appeared today on Fox News Sunday, where she took questions over the president-elect’s call with Taiwan and the diplomatic controversy it has created.
By speaking with the Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen, Trump has drawn the ire of the Chinese government for breaking the international traditions of One-China policy. Chris Wallace asked Conway about whether Trump knew about this, and whether Trump’s call signals a shift in policy with China.
Conway responded that Trump has been taking calls from a lot of world leaders, and that as far as policy goes, Trump’s conversation with Tsai was “just a phone call.”
“I know China has a perspective on it…but the president-elect’s perspective is he accepted a congratulatory call,” said Conway. “When he’s sworn in as Commander in Chief, he’ll make clear the fullness of his plans are. People shouldn’t read too much into it.”
Conway went on to call out a double-standard in the media, saying that coverage was a lot more favorable for President Obama when he was holding diplomatic conversations with nations like Iran.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence offered similar comments today, suggesting that the conversation shouldn’t be seen as anything more than a “courtesy call.”
Watch above, via Fox.
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