Conway dismisses Taiwan call: 'It was just a phone call'

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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s top aide, Kellyanne Conway, on Sunday downplayed the importance of a phone call the president-elect took from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.


“It was just a phone call at this point,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“It signals the fact that he accepted a congratulatory call.”

Trump spoke with the Taiwanese president in a conversation that breaks decades of U.S. protocol and risks a clash with China.

The call marks the first conversation between a U.S. president or president-elect with Taiwan’s leader since 1979, when the two countries severed diplomatic ties.

Conway on Sunday said Trump is “well aware” of the U.S.’s policies.

Conway said the president-elect will “make clear what the fullness of his plans are” when he assumes office.

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“But people shouldn’t read too much into it,” she said. 

Conway said she thinks people “just have their hair on fire.”

“Let’s give this man time to form his Cabinet — and he’s also showing respect to the current president, President Obama, who still is the president for about six-and-a-half more weeks,” she said.

“President-elect Trump is not out there making policy … He’s merely taking phone calls and he will, I’m sure, be engaged with many of these leaders once he takes the oath of office.”

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