#Donald Trump has just confirmed that his lack of diplomatic skills can cause major consequences and he did this by riling up another world power over a phone call he received. Reports today indicate Trump's controversial phone call with the leader of #Taiwan has infuriated the government of #china.

Diplomatic relations

According to the BBC today, China has lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. over that phone call between Trump and the leader of Taiwan. According to Trump's camp, the call he received from Tawain was in regard to "close economic, political and security ties." Formal relations between the US and Taiwan were cut back in 1979 in a set policy.

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Phone call problems

China is urging the U.S. to handle Taiwan with caution and to "avoid unnecessary disturbance to Sino-US relations." China also referred to this call placed by Ms. Tsai to Trump as a "petty trick." Donald Trump's tweet on Friday said that Ms. Tsai called to congratulate him on his presidential win. According to the BBC, it has been decades since a U.S. president or president-elect has spoken to the leader of Taiwan.

Breaks decades-old protocol

That phone call broke the decades-long protocol with China and U.S. relations, reported The Washington Post today. This is considered by the Post as his second diplomatic mistake already and he isn't even in the White House yet. They report the first mistake was made when Trump flew down to Mexico to meet with Mexico's President back when he was just the nominee for the Republican Party.

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What's Trump doing?

What came out of the Mexico meet and greet was conflicting stories, one told by the Mexican President and one told by Trump. Not coming from the inner Washington circle, Trump is doing things a bit differently. He may be using his own finely developed skill set in an attempt to repair relations around the world. These skills are something he would have learned through his decades of big business.

At the same time he is making himself available to the leaders of other countries, he may be setting the stage for business dealings with the U.S. down the line. His set of skills would allow him to do this, but it would be under very different terms than the last few administrations.

Biggest advocate for U.S.

Trump is probably the biggest advocate that the U.S. has ever had and when he comes to the table with these leaders, it is the U.S. that will come out on top. He wants to halt the job loss, along with stopping U.S. commerce from drifting into these other countries. At the same time he is doing this, he is attempting to build a working relationship with these countries. Maybe it is time to revisit some of these antiquated policies that were set by people who have long since been out of office?