Nets Hype ‘Diplomatic Firestorm’ After Trump’s ‘Controversial Call’ With Taiwan

Kyle Drennen | December 5, 2016
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On Monday, the networks continued their freak-out over President-elect Donald Trump accepting a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan. The CBS, NBC, and ABC morning shows all fretted over the “diplomatic firestorm” sparked by the “controversial” move.

Leading off CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell decried: “President-elect Trump launches a Twitter tirade against China over its currency and military build-up. The rant comes just after he broke a nearly 40-year policy dealing with China’s neighbor, Taiwan.” In the report that followed minutes later, substitute co-host Josh Ellitot proclaimed: “His phone call with Taiwan's President touched off something of a weekend diplomatic firestorm with China and broke decades of presidential protocol.”

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