Pence: Obama can ‘reach out’ to Castro, but Trump can’t talk to Taiwan’s president?

Pence: Obama can ‘reach out’ to Castro, but Trump can’t talk to Taiwan’s president?

[Ed. – Man has a point.  I kind of enjoyed Ann Coulter’s take: “With his reckless Taiwan phone call, Trump has wantonly placed America’s interests ahead of China’s.”  Obviously that depends on how you interpret America’s interests.  But assuming that our interests require observing longstanding protocols while China is breaking them right and left is hardly something to take professional pride in.]

The American people are “encouraged” to see President-elect Trump “taking calls from the world, speaking to the world,” including the democratically elected leader of Taiwan, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. …

Pence told “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, “It’s a little mystifying to me that President Obama can — can reach out to a murdering dictator in — in Cuba in the last year and be hailed as a hero for doing it and President-elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from a democratically elected leader in Taiwan and it’s become — it’s become something of a controversy, because I think the American people appreciate the fact that — that our president-elect is taking calls from and reaching out to the world and preparing on day one to lead America on the world stage.”

Stephanopoulos asked Pence if Trump is signaling changes in U.S. policy toward China.

Pence said the Trump administration will deal with China policy after inauguration day.

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