The friendship between President Donald Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been a subject of harsh scrutiny. The two appear to have a very chummy relationship which is cause for concern considering that Russia has been attempting to usurp the United States for generations. Many view Trump’s behavior as naive in that he does not understand what Putin’s ultimate motivates truly are. However, Trump has been moving full steam ahead with the relationship by granting Putin the privilege of not having his communications with Trump recorded by the official White House telephone system.
The call between Putin and Trump was vaguely described on the White House website:
President Donald J. Trump received a congratulatory call today from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The call lasted approximately one hour and ranged in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria. The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair. Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.
When asked why the description could not specifically cite any of the actual words in the conversation it was explained by Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council that “there was no readout of the Trump-Putin call because the White House turned off the recording.”
The American people have a right to know what their president is discussing with world leaders and it is infuriating to know that Trump is hiding what is being said with Putin. This is likely because if the public were to find out the context of their discussions there would be rioting in the streets.
CORRECTION: A tweet from Ilan Berman has stated that he did not have direct knowledge that the White House turned off the recorders. Berman states it was just conjecture.
@7im clarifying to another reporter currently. It was conjecture, not direct knowledge. But it's a good question to pose to WH, no?
— Ilan Berman (@ilanberman) February 2, 2017
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