The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since the United States broke diplomatic relations with the island in 1979. China considers Taiwan a province, and news of the official outreach by Donald Trump is likely to infuriate the regional military and economic power.
The president-elect and his backers have filed challenges to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s push for recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — states that were critical to Donald Trump’s surprise victory.
The approaches of the president and the president-elect offer a contrast: Obama’s success was slow, uneven and policy-driven, whereas Trump appears to be pushing an agenda grounded as much in emotion as economics.
Howard Dean made the surprise announcement via video to a meeting of Denver Democrats. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), in considering whether to leave his seat in Congress, said “it is more important to build, strengthen the DNC.”