Trump aide: No plans to invest in Taiwan

Trump aide: No plans to invest in Taiwan
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE's company isn't exploring potential business in Taiwan, despite the president-elect's call with Taiwan's leader this week, a company representative says.

“There have been no authorized visits to Taiwan on behalf of Trump Hotels for the purposes of development, nor are there any active conversations,” the Trump Organization representative said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday broke decades of U.S. diplomatic protocol, potentially inflaming relations with China. It was the first such call between a president or president-elect and Taiwan's leader since 1979.


Trump later on Friday tweeted that Tsai initiated the conversation, saying the leader wanted to offer "congratulations," though the Taipai Times reported that the president-elect's transition team had organized the call.

The call came amid continued questions about potential conflicts of interest involving Trump's business. Shanghaiist reported in November that Trump was eyeing a real estate project in Taiwan reportedly involving several luxury hotels and resorts.

Trump said in a series of tweets earlier this week that he would be leaving his company "in total" to focus on running the country, scheduling an event for Dec. 15 in New York to explain the legal process for removing himself from his business empire.