On Saturday, President Donald J. Trump made the bold decision to skip the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, choosing instead to host a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Rather than rub elbows with the Washington, D.C. media elite, many of whom have been outright hostile to him during his first 100 days, the president chose to be with the people.
The members of the liberal media who were at the WHCD event have done everything in their power to minimize President Trump’s first 100 days in office, falsely asserting that this White House has had no major accomplishments.
While the liberal media was celebrating themselves Saturday night, President Trump was scoring another victory, after the Chinese government finally agreed to release a Texas businesswoman who had just been convicted of espionage.
— Alicia F. Anderson (@AliciaFA_) April 29, 2017
From The Washington Examiner:
Phan-Gillis was arrested in 2015 on charges of having spied for the United States in 1996. The Obama administration and United Nations condemned the arrest as a case of “arbitrary detention,” but Chinese authors proceeded with a case against her that culminated in her receiving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence on Tuesday. Within days, however, she was returned unexpectedly home — deported, rather than being required to serve her sentence.
“We are aware that Chinese authorities deported Ms. Phan-Gillis back to the United States,” a State Department official told the Washington Examiner. “The United States welcomes her home.”
American leaders still fumed that she had been detained at all. “It should be noted that Sandy’s purpose in visiting China two years ago was to strengthen commercial and cultural exchanges on behalf of the city of Houston,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday. “The Chinese government — cynically and to the astonishment of many — perceived this cultural bridge-builder as a threat. Sandy was unjustly deprived of her liberty for two years, time during which she was denied basic legal protections and her loved ones lacked accurate information about her condition.”
It should be noted that Phan-Gillis release comes on the heels on increased negotiations between the United States and China. In exchange for help dealing with North Korea, both countries have agreed to scale back some of the economic threats made against each other.
President Trump has made it clear that ending the North Korean conflict is much more important than solving any trade problems that may exist between the U.S. and China.
The ongoing talks between the U.S. and China may have helped encourage China to release the American prisoner, something that may have not occurred had President Trump not reached out to the Chinese president.