Call me maybe _ on my cellphone

Lauren Perry
June 1, 2017

The recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump exchanged phone numbers following the conclusion of the France's election, a French official told the AP who would not say if Macron meant to take advantage of the offer.

According to the AP, sources say that Trump has been asking world leaders, like Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, to call him on his cell phone.

As president, Trump has made a series of security missteps that experts say could put the United States national security at risk. Macron spoke with Trump after his election victory, but French officials did not comment to the AP about whether the French leader planned to communicate with Trump on his cell phone.All the officials demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

The report notes that while such a practice breaks with security protocol, it also raises concerns about the security and secrecy of the president's communications. The White House said at the time that Mr Obama was permitted to keep his BlackBerry through a compromise which allowed him to stay in touch with senior White House staffers and a small group of personal friends.

Donald Trump is reportedly sharing his personal cellphone number with world leaders, including Mexico and Canada.

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A president "doesn't carry with him a secure phone", Chollet told the AP. "If someone is trying to spy on you, then everything you're saying, you have to presume that others are listening to it".

Trump, who before taking office was easily accessible by cellphone as a businessman, has frequently expressed distrust of official channels.

Trump has been in a tight spot when it comes to keeping his conversations with world leaders private. It was unclear whether such a phone call would be logged and archived under the Presidential Records Act of 1981, which passed in response to the Watergate scandal.

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