Trump fail­ing at for­eign re­la­tions

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Wil­liam T. Wil­liams,

“Trump’s Tai­wan con­tact breaks decades of pol­icy,” Dec. 3 news story.

Don­ald Trump’s spokesper­sons, as well as Gov. Mike Pence, in­sist that Trump’s Tai­wan phone call was “long planned.” If so, why did they ne­glect to in­form the State De­part­ment that Pres­i­dent-elect Trump was about to make the big­gest change in U.S. and China re­la­tions since 1979? In fail­ing to ad­vise the United States diplo­matic ser­vice about his plan, he left them in the dark and put them at a great dis­ad­van­tage when they in­ter­act with their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts.

Ei­ther Trump was bliss­fully un­aware of the One China pol­icy put into place by Pres­i­dent Nixon in 1972, or Trump was aware but he failed to grasp his re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tact the ap­pro­pri­ate per­sons in our diplo­matic corps so they could more ef­fec­tively deal with the Chi­nese govern­ment. This is a clear demon­stra­tion of the feck­less man­ner with which Trump han­dles for­eign re­la­tions, and it clearly shows it’s ama­teur hour in Trump Tower. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@ den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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