In less than two months, #Donald Trump will be sworn in and become the 45th President of the United States. Before that happens, Trump has taken it upon himself to offer his controversial views on his personal Twitter account.
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Earlier this week, Donald Trump broke nearly 40 years of United States protocol and spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen over the phone. The last time a United States president spoke with the president of #Taiwan was in 1979 during the Jimmy Carter administration.
In the aftermath of the phone call, critics have warned against possible war with #china due to their conflict with Taiwan. On Saturday, China's foreign ministry filed a complained against the United States in regards to the aforementioned phone call. As seen on his offical Twitter account on December 4, the president-elect decided to offer his thoughts on the situation.
Did 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..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
In a two-part tweet, Donald Trump hit back at China less than 24 hours after filing their complaint. "Did 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 U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?" Trump tweeted, before adding "I don't think so!"
In their complaint, China referred to the phone call as "a shenanigan by the Taiwan side." "We have noticed relevant reports and lodged solemn representation with the relevant side in the United States," the statement read. Since 1979, the United States has backed China in acknowledging that Taiwan is actually part of the country, and not an independent state, which is known as the "one China" policy.
Donald Trump's call with Taiwan is "a wake-up call for Beijing," one Chinese analyst said https://t.co/D4zFGTHuyz— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 3, 2016
Despite Donald Trump and his controversial communication with foreign countries, the former host of "The Apprentice" doesn't appear willing to follow international United States traditions. On January 20, the billionaire real estate mogul will officially become the commander in chief, which has many within the United States worried about the country moving forward.