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