Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

  • Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials cancelled meetings with Pompeo because they were "embarrassed" by the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week when U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters rioted to stop the certification of the presidential election results.

Besides Stoltenberg, he was also set to meet Belgium's deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Pompeo condemned the violence, but made no mention of the President's role in galvanizing his supporters.

"Mr. Trump is a criminal, a political pyromaniac who should be sent to criminal court", Asselborn told broadcaster RTL Luxembourg last Thursday.

The Tsai administration will prioritize its pursuit of a free trade agreement with the U.S. Although Tsai lifted restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef in August - a move that carried domestic political cost - it was unable to forge such a pact with Trump's trade negotiators.

In a statement, Pompeo said for several decades, the U.S. State Department had imposed complex internal restrictions on American diplomats and other officials when it came to interacting with Taiwan officials.

"We are fully committed to the completion of a smooth and orderly transition process to be finalized over the next 8 days", spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement, adding the agency was "pleased with the level of cooperation and professionalism that has been displayed".

During the Trump administration, Taiwan has received unprecedented attention from the U.S.in the form of official high-level visits, support for Taiwan's inclusion in World Health Organization functions, and increased arms sales to the island. A representative of China's mission to the United Nations in NY urged Washington to stop "creating obstacles" for the relationship between China and the United States.

The State Department's foreign service manual says that USA government officials may not use their official passports when traveling "to, from, or through" Taiwan because the US does not have official diplomatic relations with Taipei.

It's unclear why Pompeo wanted to make the quick trip to Brussels with less than a week in the administration. His brief time left in office is likely one reason European officials declined to meet him, but that opposition was compounded by the pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol last week and interrupting Congress' certification of Biden's victory.

"Shocking scenes in Washington, DC".

Taiwan has lobbied the incoming Biden administration to ensure it remains a priority, and Hsiao, the representative to Washington, spoke in November to Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for secretary of state.

"The people who are truly responsible are Trump and members of the GOP".

Taiwan's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it will continue to pursue a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S.

Beijing promptly warned Washington would "receive a resolute counterstrike from China" over the move and "pay a heavy price" if Craft visited.