KMT’s Hung ‘un­likely’ to visit US, says source

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Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Hung Hsiu-chu’s ( ) trip to the U.S. is now ex­tremely un­likely un­less cir­cum­stances dic­tate it is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial, ac­cord­ing to a source close to her.

Hung’s trip to the U.S. has been a much talked about sub­ject in the last cou­ple of days. The main rea­son for Hung’s back­ing away from the trip, ac­cord­ing to the source, is that the cam­paign had a rather late start, and with­out a del­e­ga­tion team in place, there is not enough time to pre­pare and ar­range the trip, the United Evening News (UEN) re­ported.

The itin­er­ary would take be­tween seven and 10 days, and Hung’s cam­paign staff be­lieve it is more worth­while spend­ing the time in Tai­wan.

Also, Hung’s sup­port­ers in South­east Asian na­tions said that if she is to visit the U.S., she should also tour South­east Asia. But Hung sim­ply doesn’t have the time to sat­isfy all the de­mand, said the source.

Both Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ( ) and KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) re­port­edly want Hung to make the trip to the U.S. Ma be­lieves the trip is nec­es­sary now that Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing­wen ( ) has al­ready fin­ished her U.S. itin­er­ary. Pres­i­dent Ma has told Hung to ask him for help if she wants it.

Mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween

Hung and the KMT

KMT Chair­man Chu not only ad­vised Hung to take the trip, but also of­fered to ac­com­pany her. Chu said on Fri­day that Hung would take the U.S. trip in Au­gust or Septem­ber, but ac­cord­ing to Hung’s press re­lease, Chu was not very pleased with how Hung com­mu­ni­cated on the mat­ter with him.

Since Hung did not re­ject out­right the no­tion of go­ing to the U.S., the KMT ap­par­ently mis­un­der­stood her in­ten­tion be­fore re­leas­ing the trip in­for­ma­tion to the public, the UEN re­ported.

Un­like other heavy­weights in the KMT, Hung has not par­tic­i­pated in many party af­fairs, and there­fore, does not have a smooth com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel with the party.

Now that Hung has

halted the U. S. trip, the top pri­or­ity is to rec­tify her team and im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the KMT’s core. The cam­paign’s short- term goal is to es­tab­lish a media out­let and se­lect a spokesper­son. The ideal can­di­date should be elo­quent, able to think clearly, have TV ex­pe­ri­ence, and most im­por­tantly, un­der­stand Hung’s thoughts and mind well.

KMT of­fi­cials said while it will take time to iron out the dif­fer­ences be­tween the party and Hung’s cam­paign, there will be no prob­lem in co­op­er­a­tion be­cause they share the same be­liefs, goals and di­rec­tion.

Hung’s elec­tion cam­paign of­fice in KMT head­quar­ters is sched­uled to open next week.

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