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White House stops releasing Trump calls with foreign leaders: report

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  • The practice of releasing public summaries of Donald
    Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders are in limbo after the
    White House reportedly decided to suspend them.
  • The calls with foreign leaders are usually planned
    ahead and scripted, transcribed, and then parsed into a public
    statement.
  • Transcript leaks of the calls and embarrassing details
    painted an unflattering picture of Trump’s diplomatic efforts
    throughout his presidency.

The White House has reportedly decided to suspend the practice of
releasing public summaries of Donald Trump’s phone calls with
foreign leaders, CNN
reported on Tuesday
, citing people familiar with the
situation.

Calls with foreign leaders are usually planned ahead and
scripted, requiring consultation with senior advisers, such as
the national security adviser. The call is eventually transcribed
and then parsed into a public statement.

The “readouts” of Trump’s calls are often sterile and terse, but
they can also offer a glimpse of the White House’s foreign policy
agenda — or what it wants the public to know.

Other countries have also published their phone calls with world
leaders. In one embarrassing instance, Canada released a phone
call that was reportedly made, unbeknownst to the White
House
, between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and
Trump in April 2017.

White House officials were reportedly unaware of the call until
Canadian officials released their summary, according to The
Washington Post, and had to rely on Trump’s memory to fill in
details of their own readout.


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White
House officials didn’t know Trump and Trudeau spoke on the phone
until Canadian officials released their
summary.

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Trump was reportedly also enraged after The Post published leaked
transcripts
 of his calls with Mexican President Enrique
Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in
August 2017. The transcripts portrayed Trump in an unflattering
light and contained his steep trade demands to Peña Nieto.

The last public readout of Trump’s calls was made in June, after
Trump spoke with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The president has spoken to at least two other leaders in the
past two weeks, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The White
House confirmed that the calls took place but refused to give
further details on the conversations.

It is unclear whether the White House’s ban was temporary or
permanent, CNN reported.

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