Ryan: Trump's Taiwan call 'much ado about nothing'

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLieu rips Ryan after Waffle House shooting: ‘When will you stop silencing us?’ To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy House Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday dismissed criticism of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey Trump to gift Macron framed upholstery: report Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush MORE's phone call with Taiwan's leader.

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"It is prudent for the president-elect to take congratulatory calls," Ryan said Tuesday.

"I think there's a lot of much ado about nothing about this and I think for him to not take a congratulatory call would in of itself be considered a snub. So I think everything's fine."

In speaking with President Tsai Ing-wen last week, Trump became the first president or president-elect since Jimmy Carter to have a conversation with Taiwan's leader.

Carter broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, when the United States formally recognized the communist People's Republic of China as the sole government of China. 

U.S. presidents in both parties, from Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWith Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved Meet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNRATV host says Obama owes Parkland students an apology over shooting Paltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Throwing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism MORE, have abided by that policy, though the U.S. continues to sell arms to Taiwan. 

The Washington Post reported Monday the call between Trump and Taiwan's leader had been long planned. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that former Sen. Bob Dole helped set up the call, and a new Tuesday report from BuzzFeed reveals Dole's law firm was paid $20,000 a month to advance Taiwan's interests in Washington D.C. 

Top aides to the president-elect have attempted to downplay the conversation.
 
Some conservatives, such as former Speaker Newt Gingrich, praised Trump for holding the discussion with Tsai, whom they noted represents a democratically elected government.
 
Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday dismissed the conversation as "just a phone call" and urged people not to read too much into it.