Trump Says He Might Put An End To Officials Listening In On Foreign Leader Calls

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President Trump, irritated by officials' complaints over his Ukraine call, said he might stop having them listen in.

President Donald Trump was so displeased with complaints over his handling of the July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president — which ultimately led to his impeachment — that he might end the practice of having national security and foreign service staff listen in on calls with foreign leaders, according to The Hill.

During a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera, the president repeatedly complained about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who Trump said was “insubordinate” for going to his superior with concerns after listening in on the Ukraine phone call.

Vindman was fired from the White House on Friday, ostensibly for complying with a House subpoena last year to offer testimony against Trump regarding the Ukraine scandal.

On Thursday, Rivera asked the president: "Why are so many people allowed to listen to your phone calls anyway?"

Trump responded by saying that he might bring an end to the practice: "Well, that’s what they’ve done over the years. When you call a foreign leader, people listen. I may end the practice entirely. I may end it entirely."

But there is good reason for having experts sit in on the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, as The Hill noted: “Top White House and national security officials typically listen in on presidential phone calls to keep everyone on the same page and create a record of the conversation.”

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