Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen reacts during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Office in Taipei. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea.
In a White House interview, Trump brushed aside the idea after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told Reuters on Thursday she would not rule out talking directly again to the U.S. president, an act certain to incense China. The status of self-ruled Taiwan is possibly the most sensitive issue between Washington and Beijing.
“Look, my problem is I have established a very good personal relationship with President Xi. I really feel that he is doing everything in his power to help us with a big situation,” Trump told Reuters, referring to signs that China may be working to head off any new missile or nuclear test by Pyongyang, Beijing’s neighbor and ally.
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WNU Editor: So much for her hopes of having a phone call .... Exclusive: Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again (Reuters). No surprises here .... China is more important to President Trump right now than Taiwan .... and the reason why is simple .... North Korea.