Trump Planned Controversial Taiwan Stunt For Weeks

Trump Planned Controversial Taiwan Stunt For WeeksU.S. President-elect Donald Trumpโ€™s controversial phone call with Taiwanโ€™s leader was planned weeks in advance, according to a report from The Washington Post. Sources familiar with the matter said Trumpโ€™s advisory team had planned the phone as a provocative stunt to portray Trump as a radical change from previous presidents. In a Twitter tirade against China on Sunday, Trump accused Beijing of currency manipulations and military expansionism, just two days after his phone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen threatened to ruin China-U.S. relations. โ€œDid China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesnโ€™t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?โ€ He added: โ€œI donโ€™t think so!โ€ Trumpโ€™s comments echo much of his campaign rhetoric, in which he vilified Chinese leadership and vowed to take the country down a notch, despite China being a major trading partner for the U.S. While Trump has repeatedly lashed out at China, China has mostly responded as if dealing with a small child. In the wake of Trumpโ€™s phone chat with Taiwan, Chinaโ€™s foreign minister said Trump had fallen victim to Taiwanโ€™s โ€œshenanigans.โ€