President Donald Trump has been handing out his phone number to the leader of the world, and urged them to call him directly, an unusual invitation, which breaks diplomatic Protocol and concerns about the safety and the secrecy of the US commander-in-chief of the communication.
Trump called for the leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cell phone according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has taken advantage of the offer so far, officials said.
Trump also exchanged numbers with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, if the two languages victory immediately after the Macron-earlier this month, according to a French official who would not comment on whether the Macron is the line.
All the officials requested anonymity because they are authorized to reveal the conversations. Neither the White house nor Trudeau ‘ s office responded to requests for comment.
The concept of political world leaders calling each other by mobile phone may unobtrusively in the modern, mobile world. But in the diplomatic arena, where the leader-to-leader-calls are highly orchestrated Affairs, it is another breach of Protocol for a President who has expressed a distrust of the official channels. The formalities and the discipline of diplomacy, it was a rough fit for trump-who, before taking office, long was easily reachable by phone, and sees himself as a free-wheeling, impulsive dealmaker.
The President usually calls to one of several secure telephone lines, including those in the White House Situation Room, the Oval Office or the presidential limousine. Even if Trump is using his government-issued cell phone, his calls are vulnerable to eavesdropping, in particular, from foreign governments, national security experts say.
“If you are speaking on an open line, then it is an open line to monitor so those of you who have the ability to have these conversations,” says Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon Advisor and National security Council official now with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
A President “does not carry with him a secure telephone,” Chollet said. “If someone is trying to spy on you, then everything is what you’re saying, you must assume that others hear it.”
The caution should be exercised when dealing with the allies. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel has learned, in 2013, when a dump of American secrets leaked by Edward Snowden revealed the US surveillance of her mobile phone was not prevent the good relations that some of the spycraft between friends.
“If she is a macron, or the leader of a country, and you will get the phone number of the President of the United States, it is reasonable to assume that the hand would be to their intel service,” said Ashley Deeks, a law professor at the University of Virginia, formerly served as a Deputy legal adviser for political-military Affairs at the U.S. State Department.
The practice of accusations of hypocrisy Trump opens.
Within the last year, the presidential campaign, he sharply criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using a private E-Mail server, while the foreign Minister was, insisting they should not be given access to classified information, because you leave it vulnerable to foreign enemies.
The President calls the heads of government of the world, often with considerable advance. State Department and National Security Council officials in the rule of scripted arguments and background information about the leader on the other end of the line. Often a transcript of the call is made and circulated to a selected group-sometimes a small clutch of helpers, sometimes with a larger group of foreign public officials. These records will be kept and archived.
The White house has not responded to the questions of whether the President records of a less formal phone calls with world leaders.
Trump in the White house is already a control for the apparent efforts to work outside the usual diplomatic channels.
The administration was trying to do with the defence of questions about a senior aide, to a secret back channel for communication with Moscow in the weeks before the Trump has been came to office. White house adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, met in December with Russia’s Ambassador in the United States and discusses whether there is a secret line of communication could be used to facilitate politically sensitive discussions on the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the confidential conversation with name.
The White house has said such back-channel communication are helpful and discreet.
Trump has more problems than most recent presidents, his conversations with leading politicians of the world private. His remarks to the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto, and Russian diplomats have all licked, presumably, according to notes of the talks, which were put into circulation, the national safety authorities.
It was unclear whether a spontaneous, informal conversation with a foreign leader logged and archived. The Presidential Records Act of 1981, passed required in response to the Watergate scandal, that the President and his staff to preserve all documents in connection with the office. In 2014, the law was changed so that you also personal E-Mails.
But the law contains a “blind spots”, namely, the recording for the direct phone communication, says Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University Law School, who specializes in the public interest and national security law.
Under Barack Obama, the first mobile phone-toting President, worries about cyber-break-ins-especially by foreign governments-the President, the devices deep in the safety bubble. Many of the functions that have been locked on Obama’s BlackBerry, and a very small handful of people had his phone number or E-Mail address, according to former aides.
“The government sometimes looks like a big bureaucracy, unreasonable rules, but many of these things are for very good reasons, and they have been around for a while, and determine the most effective way to do business in the foreign political sphere,” said Deeks. “Sometimes it takes a President more to find out.”