President Trump has given his personal cell phone number to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, the Associated Press reported.
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump have reportedly spoken via this message.
“If you are speaking on an open line, then it’s an open line, meaning those who have the ability to monitor those conversations are doing so,” a Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon adviser, and National Security Council official.
Mr. Chollet continued, ” [The President] doesn’t carry with him a secure phone. If someone is trying to spy on you, then everything you’re saying, you have to presume that others are listening to it.”
Not only is this a security risk, but it is also a breach of expected diplomatic protocol.
In international diplomacy, calls between leaders are relatively structured affairs that are papered over prior to commencement.
During the election, Mr. Trump made Sec. Hillary Clinton’s alleged unsecured email server a central issue of his campaign.