Trump Adviser On Taiwan Call: 'If China Doesn’t Like It, Screw 'Em'

by
Lauren Harwyn
Just when it seemed Trump's standing with China couldn't be rockier, one of his campaign's economic advisers, Stephen Moore, chimed in with terrible results.

Donald Trump campaign's economic adviser, Stephen Moore, decided to share his inflammatory opinion on United States-China relations after Trump sparked international concern over a call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. As we might expect from a member of Trump's campaign, Moore's comment was incredibly indelicate.

"If China doesn’t like it, screw ‘em," Moore said in a radio interview.

This comment couldn't have been more poorly timed as the U.S. comes under heavy scrutiny by the Chinese government. 

Moore made matters even worse by calling China a bully, saying, "We (sic) gotta stand by Taiwan, we see what's happening in China, the way they're saber-rattling out there in the East. It's about time we do what Reagan did, we stand up to these bullies, we say we're not gonna let you do this, and we're gonna stand with our allies."

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Moore only added fuel to the fire Trump himself started on his infamous Twitter account, where he ranted about foreign policy with distinctly un-presidential defensiveness.

Beijing has filed an official complaint over Trump's deviation from the "one China" narrative that the U.S. has upheld for decades. 

The Chinese media is apparently down-playing the call, citing Trump's "inexperience" and "lack of proper understanding" of the office he is about to assume. However, there is evidence that Trump planned the call ahead of time and Trump aide Kellyanne Conway assured the public that the action was calculated, saying "he’s well aware of what U.S. policy has been."

Moore's comments were incredibly unprofessional and possibly politically dangerous considering the international climate after Trump dropped this diplomatic bombshell. Trump should enforce stricter guidelines on his representatives, no matter if they are part of his old campaign or his new transition team. If Trump wants to play diplomatic games with world powers, he should at least be able to keep the people closest to him in check. 

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