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Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser and former campaign manager to President-elect Donald Trump, appeared to brush off the hand-wringing over Trump’s unprecedented phone call with Taiwan’s president on Friday.
The phone call was seen as a troubling break from longstanding policy, since no US president or president-elect has engaged in such direct contact with Taiwan in nearly 40 years.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Conway accused Democrats of blowing things out of proportion.
She specifically pointed to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who tweeted Friday that Trump’s fast and loose approach to foreign policy is “how wars start.”
“It sounds like Sen. Murphy’s tweet is pretty incendiary,” Conway said, before implying that the senator’s messages were an indication that the Democratic Party is refusing to accept Trump as president-elect.
“This is how wars start and it’s a major policy shift because he had a phone call? That’s pretty negative and pretty presumptuous,” Conway said.
“This is the president elect, this will be his administration, he’ll be commander-in-chief, and he’ll be president of the United States imminently … he’s well aware of what US policy has been.”
Watch the interview below:
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) December 3,2016