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Spicer on Affirmation of One China Policy: “The President Always Gets Something”

Responding to a question from NPR correspondent Mara Liasson on President Trump’s reaffirmation of the longstanding One China policy, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that when Trump concedes a point, he “always gets something” in return.

Liasson laid out Trump’s tough talk and policies toward China: “And after the election, he made the call to Taiwan, which he was praised for. Then he told Fox News, ‘I don’t know why we have to be bound by a One China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things including trade.’ Then he reaffirmed the One China policy.”

Liasson wondered what Trump had received from China in order to spur his reversal on the One China policy.

Spicer, while mum on exact details, smiled and said, “The President always gets something.”

Spicer referenced a call between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jingping, which led to the policy shift.

U.S. recognition of the government in Beijing as the sole sovereign of China has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in East Asia for decades.