The [expletive deleted] President-Elect, who probably hasn't bothered to be fully briefed by the State Department yet, BREACHED PROTOCOL by calling the president of Taiwan. Apparently he doesn't realize that no President or President-elect has spoken to the leader of Taiwan since Jimmy Carter announced full diplomatic relations with China, ending relations with Taiwan. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...taiwanese-leader-breaking-precedent/94831986/ "I'm shocked, shocked, that ignoring the State Department and winging conversations with foreign leaders has triggered an international incident! " Daniel W. Drezner, who is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said in an email to USA TODAY. "Now Americans have to hope that Beijing responds by retaliating against Trump's business interests rather than American interests in the Pacific Rim." And some linked the call to Trump's business interests in Taiwan. "Everything we feared about Donald Trump wreaking havoc is coming true," said Jessica Mackler, president of the Democratic super PAC American Bridge.." A report that Trump risks a major rift with China by speaking with the Taiwanese leader proves that Trump is dangerously incapable of keeping the United States safe — and this is still nearly two months before his inauguration. Was Donald Trump interested in breaking with more than forty years of U.S. policy because he wants to make money by building a hotel in Taiwan? Or is Trump simply threatening our precarious relationship with China because he is naive?" Does he not realize the PRC is the most populous country on earth with a large standing army, nuclear weapons, and a public with long memories? While this probably won't start an immediate war, this is a sign things aren't going to go well. Perhaps someday someone will call a book about recent events "How to Go From Superpower to Laughingstock of the World in One Election."