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On Twitter, Trump defends his call with Taiwan’s president

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This file photo taken on Nov. 14, 2016, shows a copy of the local Chinese magazine Global People with a cover story that translates to “Why did Trump win” at a newsstand in Shanghai.

By Danny McDonald Globe Staff 

President-elect Donald Trump has once again ignited controversy. All it took was a phone call.

In a move that reversed years of US diplomatic protocol, Trump spoke on the phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan. The United States broke diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, and this is the first known direct dialogue between an American president or president-elect and a Taiwanese leader since that time.

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The Twitterverse was quick to denounce Trump’s conversation as ill-conceived and troubling:

The president-elect also took to Twitter to defend himself, saying the Taiwanese president called him to congratulate him on winning the presidential election.

Later, Trump tweeted, “Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.”

Those tweets were also ridiculed: