Former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations Richard Grenell said during an interview Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that Washington elites’ hysterical response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s phone call with the Taiwanese president last week represents why Trump won the presidency.
Grenell, a Fox News contributor, praised Trump’s decision to take the “congratulatory” call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen Friday and insisted it was “just so silly” to think that the democratically elected president of Taiwan could not congratulate Trump. Noting that the two did not discuss policy matters or unduly interfere with the “one China” policy, Grenell scoffed at the Washington Establishment and the media for their exaggerated reactions.
“I would argue that this is why Donald Trump won — because the foreign policy Establishment doesn’t get it, and they’re trying to control a system that doesn’t make sense.”
“Everyone knows we have a ‘one China’ policy, and yet the Establishment in Washington, D.C. freaks out,” Grenell told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. “I would argue that this is why Donald Trump won — because the foreign policy Establishment doesn’t get it, and they’re trying to control a system that doesn’t make sense.”
The former U.N. spokesman noted that the Taiwanese president only called Trump after the president of China had spoken with the U.S. president-elect. In fact, Tsai waited more than two weeks after China’s call before speaking with Trump, Grenell said.
“It was a simple congratulatory call, and the foreign policy Establishment completely goes crazy and forgets the fact that more than two weeks before that call, Donald Trump spoke to the president of China,” Grenell said. “So, if China went first, Taiwan just got a simple congratulatory call in to Donald Trump.”
The fact that the White House, the mainstream media, and many liberal politicians decried the phone call and unleashed a series of doomsday predictions about U.S.-China relations post-phone call only served to prove Grenell’s point.
“That’s what’s wrong with our foreign policy Establishment, is that they freak out about a simple call from a democratically elected president. What are we supposed to do, not take a call from a democratically elected president?” Grenell asked. “You know, Taiwan is democratically elected. We should be supporting countries like that.”