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    US State Dept. Was Unaware of Trump's Phone Conversation With Taiwan President

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    The US Department of State was unaware of President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen beforehand, spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Toner made a statement at a briefing when asked if the department hadn’t received advance notice of Friday’s phone call:

    "That’s correct," he said.

    Trump spoke with Tsai Ing-wen on Friday in a move that broke with the White House’s four-decade-long policy on what Beijing considers its breakaway province.

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