White House Downplays Trump Meeting With Tycoon

Friday, 3 May 2019 17:35 WIB



A White House meeting between the current U.S. president and a prominent businessman who is seeking to become president of Taiwan is causing concern.

The White House on Thursday sought to downplay any diplomatic or political sensitivities, saying President Donald Trump and Foxconn founder Terry Gou did not discuss support for the billionaire's presidential campaign in Taiwan.

The Taiwanese businessman, however, in a Facebook posting after Wednesday's meeting and in a discussion with reporters, said he told the president of his candidacy and Trump responded that being president "was a tough job."

He also displayed a pen and autographed coin he said that Trump gave him.

Wednesday's discussion is the first known circumstance of a sitting American president meeting with a Taiwanese presidential candidate since Washington broke diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 as part of its recognition of the communist government in Beijing.

Gou is to seek the nomination of the opposition Kuomintang party in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election. The party is regarded as having a friendlier stance toward Beijing than the ruling Democrat Progressive Party of President Tsai Ing-wen.

Source : VOA


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