Even before actually taking office, the left has jumped all over every single thing Donald Trump has said, tweeted or done. We do expect a free press to provide commentary and opposing views, but you’d be hard-pressed to argue the treatment so far hasn’t been over the top.
Even when President Trump follows through on campaign promises, the left seems to be shocked he actually does — despite the fact he hammered these promises relentlessly during his campaign. Sad that we’ve gotten to point where following through on promises is unexpected, but that’s a topic for another time.
In any event, President Trump’s views on China were made very clear before he took office, and in fact even his pronunciation of the word became its own meme.
But now from his perch in the Oval Office, his viewpoint may be changing.
The New York Times reports, President Trump told President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday evening that the United States would honor the “One China” policy, reversing his earlier expressions of doubt about the longtime diplomatic understanding and removing a major source of tension between the United States and China since shortly after he was elected.
In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi “discussed numerous topics, and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our One China policy.” It described the call as “extremely cordial” and said the leaders had invited each other to visit.
The concession was clearly designed to put an end to an extended chill in the relationship between China and the United States. Mr. Xi, stung by Mr. Trump’s unorthodox telephone call with the president of Taiwan in December and his subsequent assertion that the United States might no longer abide by the One China policy, had not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov. 14, the week after he was elected.
And to those who maintain President Trump is an autocrat who listens to no one, it appears he took the advice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the matter. The Times reports Tillerson was instrumental in this shift in attitude, rejecting the idea that Taiwan should be used as a bargaining chip in negotiating deals with China on trade, security and other issues.
Ok, let’s see how the left spins this one. They can’t be too happy that Trump is doing something they’re no doubt happy about.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]