Overnight, China foreign minister Wang Yi called Tsai's call with Trump "a little trick", or loosely translated in English as "gimmick", by Taiwan which would not change the one-China consensus in international community. He added that the "One-China" policy is the foundation for the healthy development of China’s relationship with the U.S.
"I'm a Muslim. It's not what the media portrays me to be... I don’t blame them,” he continued. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”
Trump "exploded at media execs during today's off-the-record Trump Tower meeting according to the Post. "It was like a f—ing firing squad,” one source said. "Trump started with Jeff Zucker and said I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed…."
Moments ago, Bloomberg's political reporter Jennifer Epstein reported that a gaggle of mainstream media TV executives and anchors just entered the Trump Tower elevators for a meeting with Donald Trump. Among those named were the who-is-who of the prime time news circuit, including the following.
In what was one of his last press conferences as president, Obama took questions from the press for the first time since the presidential election and delivered an hour long Q&A session with members of the press corps ahead of his final foreign tour as US president. In that time Obama covered numerous issues including the following...
Probably the most awkward meeting ever is now over as President Obama says that he had an "excellent conversation" with President-Elect Trump. The meeting which Trump had scheduled for 10 minutes, lasted an hour-and-a-half and concluded with Obama telling reporters that "if Trump succeeds, the country succeeds."
A gigantic sinkhole has opened up in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, swallowing an entire intersection of a 4-lane highway. The sinkhole opened up as crews were working underground nearby to extend a subway tunnel which is believed to have triggered the collapse.
Update: after a rather quick hearing, the Nevada judge rejected the Trump legal team's request for a lawsuit over allegedly illegal balloting, saying "I'm not going to issue any order. I'm just not going to do it."