President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with the President of Taiwan, the Financial Times reported, a break with recent US policy and a move that could complicate relations with the government in Beijing. It is understood that no President or President-elect has contacted a Taiwanese leader since 1979.
— Demetri Sevastopulo (@Dimi) December 2, 2016
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) December 3, 2016
2. In TOTALLY UNRELATED NEWS the Trump Organization is looking to do business in Taiwan https://t.co/OeNFigjVkZ
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 2, 2016
The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
This Taiwan/PRC phone call thing, combined with these new Trump developments in Taipei is beyond insane. This is playing with real matches.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 2, 2016
Just going to throw out there that China might be sophisticated enough to understand that this wasn't deliberate policy shift
— Emily Parker (@emilydparker) December 2, 2016
NYT: The WH was not told about Mr. Trump’s call until after it happened, according to a senior admin official https://t.co/K06Qj38bAw
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 2, 2016
I mean, if you know, like, 5 things about China, one of them is: THEY'RE KIND OF TOUCHY ABOUT TAIWAN
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 2, 2016
Unless he totally divests his business holdings, this question must be asked about every decision Trump makes. https://t.co/wkCzzP9AE0
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) December 3, 2016
With our maybe-new Taiwan dealing reversing 4 decades of US policy, we might get that trade war w/ China after all. Except theyll launch it.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 2, 2016
The coming weeks and months will be an interesting time for diplomats and global policy wonks.
Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast https://t.co/FFRJyjyvcQ
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) December 2, 2016
In other transition developments,
It got little mention over the past couple days, but Trump has financial investments in Carrier’s parent company https://t.co/bKx3ltrTDi
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Patrick Cockburn: With so few journalists on ground, US UK media simply regurgitate what Syria 'activists' tell themhttps://t.co/OfqbJ5HMS7
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Facing corruption probes, Brazilian lawmakers try to take advantage of the Chape tragedy to protect themselves https://t.co/d93rdAnh6y
— Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron) December 3, 2016
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Fake news detector for Facebook leads to fake news story about who made it https://t.co/xdXJoZh5O2
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) December 3, 2016
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Wondered how WME-IMG closed the UFC deal given how levered they were. Report now says Fed says loan was substandard https://t.co/ab809OvW3r
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Nico Rosberg's decision to retire from F1 is a 'classy move from a classy man'
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 2, 2016