Trump to Honor 'One China' Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a telephone conversation that the U.S. intends to honor the "One China" policy by acknowledging China's position it has sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan.
The White House said the phone call between the two world leaders Thursday evening was "extremely cordial" and both presidents "extended invitations" to meet in their respective countries.
Trump was criticized for a phone conversation he had with Taiwan's president after Trump won the presidential election in November.
No U.S. president or president-elect has had such contact with a Taiwanese leader since Washington broke formal ties with Taiwan in 1979 and switched to the larger, fast-growing China. But Washington has remained a staunch informal supporter of Taiwan since then.
In the 1979 U.S.-China Joint Communique, the U.S. recognized Beijing as the sole legal government of China, acknowledging the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China.
Chinese state media said Trump's "inexperience" led him to accept the call from the Taiwanese president, but warned that breaching the one-China policy would "destroy" relations between Washington and Beijing.
Trump seemed bemused by the reaction to the call, saying on his Twitter account, "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call."
Over China's objections, then president Barack Obama a year ago authorized a $1.83 billion sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan, including two frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems.
Appeals Court Panel Refuses to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban
A federal appeals court Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
The three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously declined to block a lower court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the United States.
“See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake,” the president tweeted shortly after the court announced its decision. A short time later, he complained to reporters at the White house that the court made a "political decision," and said his administration eventually will win the case "very easily."
At a news conference in Seattle, Bob Ferguson, the attorney general for the state of Washington, which argued against restoring the Trump travel ban, said, “We are a nation of laws, and ... those laws apply to everybody in our country, and that includes the president of the United States. In my view, the future of the Constitution is at stake.”
When asked to respond to the Trump tweet, he noted that opponents are now two-for-two in challenging the Trump administration’s ban in the courts. Ferguson said the president's ban had real human consequences, and he denied he is pursuing the case as a Democrat versus a Republican president.
The federal government is now expected to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Trump’s ban was set to expire in 90 days, meaning it could run its course before the high court can take up the issue. The administration also could change the order, including altering its scope or duration.
The president said the order was vital for national security. But critics said the ban discriminated against Muslims, and they questioned its value as a security measure.