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

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.
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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.

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.

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

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

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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: