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Kellyanne Conway downplays Trump's call with Taiwan president

Monday, December 05, 2016 - 01:07

''All he did was receive a phone call. I think everybody should just calm down. He's aware of what our nation's policy is,'' said President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in reference to Trump's call with the Taiwanese president. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway downplays the significance of Trump's phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which caused China to lodge a diplomatic protest with the United States. Speaking to reporters at Trump Tower, Conway said "All he did was receive a phone call. I think everybody should just calm down. He's aware of what our nation's policy is." Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president with a Taiwanese leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China." The diplomatic contretemps was one of several recently for the president-elect, a real estate magnate who has never held public office and has no foreign affairs or military experience. Trump is still considering who to name as his secretary of state. China blamed Taiwan for the call, but also lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States on Saturday, saying that the "one China" policy was the bedrock of relations between China and the United States.

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Kellyanne Conway downplays Trump's call with Taiwan president

Monday, December 05, 2016 - 01:07