Former Ambassador: Putin Has The Transcript Of Trump’s Call About Ukraine
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said this week that a July phone call between President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was likely intercepted by Russia, according to The Independent.
McFaul, who was the ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, was speaking about a call that took place between Trump and Sondland while the latter was in Ukraine.
Acting Ukraine ambassador William Taylor testified on Wednesday that one of his staffers was present during the call, which occurred while Sondland was dining in a restaurant with other diplomatic staff. He took the president’s phone call on a cell phone, according to Taylor’s account.
McFaul said the White House engaged in “incredibly sloppy” dealings regarding Ukraine and indicated that the unsecured mobile phone likely means that “Vladimir Putin has the transcript.”
“You make any call on an unclassified cell phone in Ukraine, that means Vladimir Putin has the transcript,” McFaul told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace. “I hope they didn't talk about anything compromising in that call.”
“We do have secure [communications] at the embassy. If Ambassador Sondland wanted to go over and call the Situation Room on a secure telephone it would have been made readily available to him,” McFaul said. “Not only did he not do that, but even talking about it in front of other diplomats … incredibly sloppy. Just underscores that Mr Sondland is in way over his skis, way above his pay grade in what he was doing here.”