Quantcast
Connect with us

Cooper hammers Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Taiwan flub: Obama ‘never spoke to the president of Taiwan’

Published

on

Anderson Cooper Friday pressed Kellyanne Conway over her coy response to news that the president-elect broke a 37-year old U.S. protocol to not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country, informing the former Donald Trump campaign manager that “this is uncharted waters.”

Cooper asked Conway about reports that Trump spoke today with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, shocking political observers and risking a major dispute with China. The Trump talking head said she wouldn’t comment further on the call beyond what has already been disclosed.

ADVERTISEMENT

(READ MORE: US chamber in China says new Trump administration better to get up to speed quickly after Taiwan flub)

Cooper noted the diplomatic issues that arise from Trump’s call with Taiwan, noting “the U.S. doesn’t recognize Taiwan as its own nation, “doesn’t support Taiwan independence,” and a president “hasn’t apparently spoken to the leader of Taiwan since 1979.”

Referencing Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) tweet insisting “this is how wars start,” Conways responded, “It sounds like Senator Murphy’s tweet is pretty incendiary and does not signal much of a shift from what seems to be the documented Democratic response to the election results,” adding the senator’s statement “is pretty negative and presumptive.”

“This has been long-standing U.S. policy towards China—not to recognize Taiwan,” Cooper reminded her.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Right,” Conway responded, pausing for dramatic effect. “Again, I can’t discuss anything beyond what’s been publicly said.”

(READ MORE: REVEALED: Trump Organization eyes Taiwan for newest luxury resort location)

Conway later insisted the president-elect is “well aware of the U.S. policy,” scolding Cooper for presuming that he’s not.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I don’t remember any discussions ever being asked about President Obama or president-elect Obama eight years ago at this time,” Conway said.

“Well he’s never spoken to the president of Taiwan. It is new so that is why i’m asking,” Cooper explained.

Conway responded she’s “pretty sure” President Obama made diplomatic calls as president-elect, adding she “can’t imagine” the press was as outraged as they are presently to Trump.

ADVERTISEMENT

This is a break with U.S. policy,” Cooper said. “I mean this is uncharted waters, you know, for decades”

Conway dryly responded Trump is “fully briefed and fully knowledgable about these issues on an ongoing basis.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

ADVERTISEMENT

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from billionaires and corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. Unlike other news sites, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.



Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]. Send news tips to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

Published

on

President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

Published

on

An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

Published

on

Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

Continue Reading
 
 

Thank you for whitelisting Raw Story!

As a special thank you, from now until August 31st, we're offering you a discounted rate of $5.99/month to subscribe and get ad-free access. We're honored to have you as a reader. Thank you. :) —Elias, Membership Coordinator
HELP US UNCOVER CORRUPTION!
close-link
close-image