Trump reaches out to Taiwan

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History being made by our new President - from The Hill:

Trump makes history with phone call to Taiwan leader
Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen, a conversation that breaks decades of U.S. protocol and risks a clash with China.

Trump’s transition team confirmed late Friday that the president-elect had spoken by phone on Friday with Taiwan's president, the first conversation between a U.S. president or president-elect with Taiwan's leader since 1979, when the two countries severed diplomatic ties.

1979? That would be Jimmy Carter's administration. Obama elevated President Carter to the second-worst President in recent history. A bit more:

The Taiwanese leader “offered her congratulations” to Trump and the two leaders “noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States,” according to a statement from Trump’s team.

The White House was not given advance notice about the call, according to an administration official.

The phone call will almost certainly infuriate Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.

I love it - the current administration and China just got bitch-slapped. China knows that Trump will be cancelling any and all trade deals so they are going to have to come crawling to the table if they want to get anything from the United States.

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