The White House today indicated that US President Donald Trump “got something” in return from Beijing for agreeing to ‘One China’ policy, which he had earlier questioned following his electoral victory. “The President always gets something,” the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference when asked about Trump’s change in ‘One China’ policy over the past few months. Breaking with past traditions, Trump, following his victory in November election, has made a call to Taiwan, and openly questioned the sanctity of ‘One China’ policy, suggesting that Washington is not bound to follow its nearly three-decade-old policy to support One China unless Beijing agrees to a new trade deal.
However, Trump reaffirmed US support for One China policy during his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping early this month. Spicer said that Trump agreed to stick with One China policy at the request of Chinese President Jinping. “He (Trump) had a conversation with President Xi, I’m not going to get into the details of it, but at President Xi’s request and after a discussion, the President reaffirmed the one China policy. The President (Trump) is not the one to discuss his negotiating tactics,” Spicer said.
“But did he insure the American people get something?” he was asked. “The President always gets something,” Spicer said. Trump has nominated Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his Ambassador to China. Branstad who has been in Washington DC for the past few days to attend the meeting of the National Governors Association was praised by the White House.
“He is known for his soft policies on China. I think he’s going to do a phenomenal job representing our nation. He starts with a deep understanding of the Chinese economy, the Chinese government. That is going to really serve our nation well,” he said. The Iowa Governor, he said, has deep understanding and ties to China and to China’s economy and the Chinese officials.