The mainstream media is reporting Donald Trump's phone call with the President of Taiwan as a bad move, something sure to anger China and "exactly the sort of thing that leads to nuclear annihilation," writes Scott Adams on his blog. But remember, this same mainstream media doesn't have a great track record when it comes to explaining Trump, writes the Dilbert creator. "If you look at this situation through the filter of a Master Persuader, it makes perfect sense," he writes. "Trump is 'setting the table' for future negotiations with China. He just subtracted something from China’s brand that they value, and later he will negotiate with them to maybe give it back in some fashion. Probably in return for some trade concessions."
Sure, the phone call provoked a nuclear power, but the truth is that China's leadership is smart, "mature and competent," Adams writes. They don't want nuclear war to break out, and neither does the US. "Don’t worry about China going to war over a phone call," Adams writes. And as for the timing of the call, it also makes sense for Trump not to have waited until he took office. "This sort of bold, rapid action is evidently what Trump wants you to think is his brand as president. The Taiwan call is consistent with the New CEO Play that I described in this post. He’s setting the tone as bold, effective, and not waiting for red tape to slow him down." Click for Adams' full column.