President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE late Saturday left open the possibility of meeting with Taiwan’s president if she visits the U.S.
“We’ll see,” he told reporters during a New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. when asked if he would meet Tsai Ing-wen after he takes office.
Trump broke with decades of U.S. protocol after his presidential election win when he accepted a congratulatory call from Tsai. It was the first conversation between a U.S. president or president-elect with Taiwan's leader since 1979, when the two countries severed diplomatic ties.
The phone call was expected to infuriate Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.
Trump’s team said at the time that the president-elect and Tsai “noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States” during the call while a statement from Tsai’s office said she and Trump “shared their views and concepts on future important policy points.”
The White House reaffirmed the so-called “One China” policy after Trump’s call.
“There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council. "Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations.”
During his campaign, Trump frequently criticized U.S. politicians for allowing jobs to move to China.
"Hopefully we're going to have great relationships with many countries ... and that includes China," Trump said late Saturday.