John Kelly reportedly used to mute the line during calls with world leaders to urge Trump not to discuss sensitive topics
- President Donald Trump is facing new scrutiny over his calls with world leaders after a whistleblower flagged a July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, in which Trump urged him to investigate a political rival.
- The whistleblower alleged that a number of presidential transcripts have been locked away in a codeword-level system "solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive - rather than national security sensitive - information."
- White House advisers such as former chief of staff John Kelly even sought to prevent Trump from divulging sensitive information to world leaders, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
- Kelly reportedly used to mute the line and urge Trump to stop discussing sensitive information.
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The former White House chief of staff, John Kelly, used to mute the line during President Donald Trump's calls with world leaders to tell him not to continue discussing sensitive information, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing a person with knowledge of the matter.The news comes amid political turmoil over a recent call in which Trump urged the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's main political rivals.Advertisement
The July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky was the subject of an explosive whistleblower complaint and has spurred an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats.indicated in his complaint that a number of presidential transcripts have been locked away in a codeword-level system "solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive - rather than national security sensitive - information."
The Journal reported Saturday that White House advisers such as Kelly sought to prevent Trump from divulging sensitive information to world leaders on such calls, and other government officials sought to keep a tight lid on records of those conversations.
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Trump also took heat for another contentious phone call with then-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, reportedly telling him, "We are going to build the wall and you all are going to pay for it, like it or not."Advertisement
Instead, the call records were sent only to people directly involved in the issues discussed in the call, according to The Journal's sources.
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