Government evasive on Dole payments

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Taipei Times
Date: Dec 08, 2016
By: Lu Yi-hsuan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday downplayed reports that the government paid US$140,000

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, and then-US Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, right, applaud former US senator Bob Dole at the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18. Photo: AFP

to a consultancy affiliated with former US senator Bob Dole, allegedly in exchange for his efforts to help establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and US president-elect Donald Trump’s staff that culminated in a historic telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Trump on Friday last week.
Dole has long been a significant friend of Taiwan who has assisted with communications between Taipei and the US Republican Party, the ministry said in a statement.

“The government is grateful for Dole’s strong friendship and adamant support,” the ministry said, declining to comment on a New York Times report that identified Dole as the facilitator of the call.

However, a few hours later, the ministry revised its position on Dole’s reported role, saying that none of the consultancies hired by the government played a part in setting up the call.    [FULL  STORY]

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