Another Sunday morning.
Another “Saturday Night Live” skit parodying President-elect Donald Trump in the tank.
Another subsequent outraged tweet from the incoming leader of the free world.
Trump frequently takes to his favorite social media platform to apprise the nation of his plans (minus the people he’s blocked on Twitter, that is) and his 140-character updates have sparked alarm in recent days. His breezy tweets about talking with the president of Taiwan rattled diplomats, as it was a startling departure from protocol.
From an AP story following the Taiwan tweets:
Over the decades, the status of Taiwan has been one of the most sensitive issues in U.S.-China relations. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory to be retaken by force, if necessary, if it seeks independence. It would regard any recognition of a Taiwanese leader as a head of state as unacceptable. Taiwanese newspapers ran banner headlines Sunday about the call, and two noted on their front pages Sunday that Trump referred to Tsai as “the president of Taiwan,” a formulation that would be a huge shift in American policy and infuriate China.
But Douglas Paal, a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan, which unofficially represents U.S. interests in Taipei, said it was too soon to judge whether Trump was going to lead that shift, or if the incident was just a “complicated accident.”
“Beijing will watch closely to see which it is,” said Paal, now vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “But until someone from Trump Tower explains further, it is unknowable.”
Trump followed up his latest complaint about Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live” with a six-part string of tweets regarding business policy:
“The U.S. is going to substantially reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.”