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Dole lobbied Trump's team on Taiwan for months

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Dole lobbied Trump's team on Taiwan for months

2016-12-06 16:36:58

Former Republican Presidential nominee Bob Dole has been lobbying President-Elect Donald Trump on Taiwan for months now, and the phone call from Taiwan’s president was a direct result of it. Dole, the only past Republican presidential nominee to endorse Trump before the election, briefed the campaign’s policy director, set up meetings between campaign staff and Taiwanese emissaries, arranged for Taiwan’s delegation to attend the Republican National Convention, and helped tilt the party platform further in the island’s favor, a disclosure released to POLITICO shows. The filing also reveals Dole’s hand in making the Republican platform the most pro-Taiwan it has ever been. Trump’s accepting the phone call shattered decades of diplomatic protocol discouraging official relations with Taiwan, leading China to lodge a formal complaint with the White House.

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