Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend his controversial phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Friday evening.
“The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!” the president-elect tweeted.
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Many are questioning Trump’s conversation with the Taiwan leader, which breaks decades of U.S. foreign policy protocol and risks angering China.
The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
Trump’s team confirmed the call on Friday, the first conversation between the Taiwan president and a U.S. president or president-elect since 1979, when the countries severed diplomatic ties.
According to a report by the Taipei Times, a staffer on Trump’s team arranged the call and the president-elect agreed to it.
Trump followed up with a second tweet on Friday night, suggesting that if the United States could sell “Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment,” he should be able to accept a call from the Taiwan leader.
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