The China Post
Date: April 29, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government has sought to downplay U.S. President Donald
Trump’s rejection of President Tsai Ing-wen’s suggestion there could be a repeat of the two leaders’ direct phone call in December, saying the incident had been blown out of proportion.
The Tsai administration would continue to maintain close communications with its greatest ally the United States, the Presidential Office said in a statement following Trump’s remarks.
The Presidential Office emphasized that the hypothetical question was broached by Reuters and not the president herself.
The president’s “passive response” to the question was not a complete exclusion of the possibility, however an overall deliberation of the situation and U.S. interests must be considered, the statement read. [FULL STORY]