TAIPEI (The China Post) –The Presidential Office expressed its respect on April 17 following Terry Gou’s presidential run announcement. According to former Cabinet spokesperson Lin Sheng-che (林聖哲), Lai Ching‑te (賴清德) showed support but refused to comment since Gou is a KMT member.

Gou made the announcement a day earlier while receiving a citation from KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), honoring his 50th anniversary as a KMT member and contribution to the party for providing an interest-free loan of NT$45 million (US$1.46 million) in the name of his mother.

According to Presidential Office Spokesperson Chang Tun-han (張惇涵), the Presidential Office respected Gou’s decision and said that the ruling party will work harder facing the ever-changing political scene. He also said President Tsai will try her best to fulfill her duty as a national leader.