Trump eyes ending practice of staffers listening in on diplomatic phone calls

Trump eyes ending practice of staffers listening in on diplomatic phone calls
Making his first calls to world leaders in 2017. (Image: Screen grab of AP video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Fine by me.  Realistically, Trump would probably find he prefers a much smaller group of advisers listening in, and none at the GS-13 level (LTC Vindman’s civilian equivalent).  The president should be able to hold discussions with foreign leaders and not have to fear leaks of everything he or those leaders might say.  I had little use for Obama’s policies, but I would have said the same for him or any other president.  Listening in on their diplomatic phone calls is not a method of holding our presidents accountable.  Full stop.  We need to focus our energy on things that ARE methods of holding presidents accountable.]

President Trump said Thursday he may end the practice of having national security and foreign service staff listen in on his calls with foreign leaders after a July call with the president of Ukraine triggered his impeachment in the House.

Trump complained extensively about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry, during a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, accusing him of being “insubordinate” by raising concerns about the president’s conduct on the July 25 call.

“Why are so many people allowed to listen to your phone calls anyway?” Rivera asked.

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“Well, that’s what they’ve done over the years,” Trump said. “When you call a foreign leader, people listen. I may end the practice entirely. I may end it entirely.”

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