Dem on Trump's foreign policy moves: 'That's how wars start'

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocratic senator says he knows 'handful' of GOP colleagues considering vote to remove Trump Both sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE (D-Conn.) ripped Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE on Friday, warning that the president-elect is overhauling U.S. foreign policy without a strategy. 

"What has happened in the last 48 hours is not a shift. These are major pivots in foreign policy w/out any plan. That's how wars start," Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Twitter.
 
Murphy added that if Trump isn't pivoting but just carrying out "radical temporary deviations," the real estate mogul could torpedo alliances.
Murphy's tweet storm comes after The Financial Times reported that Trump spoke with Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan. 
 
The move could roil the U.S.-Chinese relationship, as Washington has recognized Beijing as the sole government of China for decades. The U.S. ended official diplomatic ties with Taiwan under President Jimmy Carter.
 
The Trump transition team said Friday the two spoke about the "close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States." 
 
Financial Times noted the phone call is the first between a leader of Taiwan and a U.S. president or president-elect since 1979. 
 
Murphy added that while Trump "right to shift policy, alliances, strategy" that it's time for the president-elect to name an experienced secretary of State.

That sentiment was echoed by Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii.

A senior Russian diplomat also said this week that it Moscow had been in contact with the Trump transition team about the ongoing conflict in Syria. Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. reportedly held private talks with a pro-Russia figure last month about how the two countries could work together to end the civil war.

Critics of the president-elect, including Murphy, have repeatedly voiced concerns about Trump's publicly relationship with Putin.