I, for one, have been concerned that Drumpfenfarten, Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum-Rage Reich, has been refusing foreign intelligence briefings, claiming to get information from other sources (Kremlin, perhaps?). He just tanked our China relations so badly, that without major damage control, we may find ourselves back in a cold war with China.
President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, a striking break with nearly four decades of diplomatic practice that could precipitate a major rift with China even before Mr. Trump takes office.
Mr. Trump’s office said he had spoken with the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, “who offered her congratulations.” He is believed to be the first president or president-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since at least 1979, when the United States severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan as part of its recognition of the People’s Republic of China.
In the statement, Mr. Trump’s office said the two leaders had noted “the close economic, political, and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States. Mr. Trump, it said, “also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year.”
Mr. Trump’s motives in taking the call, which lasted more than 10 minutes, were not clear. In a Twitter message late Friday, he said [Twit Tweet delinked] Ms. Tsai “CALLED ME.”… [emphasis added]
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Lets dispense with the idiotic "called me" excuse. First, if I called the Fuhrer, it wouldn’t pick up the phone. The call would go to a low level aide, who would want to know who I was and what I wanted. If that aide thought it worthwhile, I’d be passed to a mid-level aide, who would grill me for much more detailed information. If i passed that test, I’d be passed to a high level aide for the final vetting of my call. If I passed, we would find a time that fit both the Fuhrer’s and my schedules, and I’d be given a special number to call at that time. I would call the Fuhrer at the appointed time, and only then would it answer the phone. Second, given the long-term absence of US formal relations with Taiwan, Ms. Tsai would have no reason to call, unless she had reason to believe it would be well received. In short, the "CALLED ME" claim is a Republican Lie. That call was prearranged!
Rachel Maddow covered the incident in much more detail and discussed it with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
Did the Fuhrer understand the impact of what it was doing? There is no way to tell. Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is certainly devious enough to return us to a cold war footing with China intentionally. However, the Fuhrer is also stupid enough to have had no idea what he was doing.