President-elect Donald Trump has picked the Governor of Iowa for the position of Ambassador of China.
Terry Branstad, a major Trump supporter throughout the entire campaign, had a Tuesday meeting with Trump in New York.
Branstad met with Trump at Trump Tower and after the meeting, Fox reported, Branstad had told reporters, “I am excited about the Trump presidency and the quality of the people that he’s attracting to the Cabinet.”
Trump’s pick of Branstad makes complete sense to anyone familiar with Branstad and his relationship with the Chinese.
Brandstadt, 70, has been a long time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two actually met in Iowa back over 30 years ago, back in 1985, when Jinping was China’s Provincial Agricultural Official. They has continued their ongoing relationship and just a few years ago, in 2012, Branstad held a dinner for Jinping in Iowa.
During Trump’s November 6th campaign rally in Sioux City, Iowa, Trump called Branstad up the stage and stated that the governor “would be our prime candidate to take care of China.”
Trump, during his presidential campaign, has accused China of manipulating its currency and trying to “rape our country” with unfair trade policies.
If Branstad accepts the Ambassadorship to China, he would be taking on an extremely important post at a time when the U.S-China relations are strained, especially following Trump’s Dec. 2 phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. That conversation, according to every news source, broke U.S. diplomatic protocol. Trump has been taking media heat on the subject for days after.
Trump has pledged to be more “unpredictable” on the world stage, touting his stance on world politics as a much-needed change from the Obama Administrations, “tell everyone everything before we do it” approach.
Trump’s “doing it my way” behavior has foreign powers on edge, which, it seems, is how Trump wants them to be.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) December 3, 2016
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