The administration of US President Donald Trump has reduced the number of officials who can listen to the President’s phone conversations with leaders of other countries. CNN reported, citing some sources in the White House. Now, only those of his high-ranking aides appointed by the President can be with Trump during his telephone conversations.
They include, in particular, Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien, his Deputy Matt Pottinger, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as well as acting white house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and his Deputy Rob Blair, according to the publication. This decision is made to stop the leakage of information and resolve differences within the White House, the interlocutors explained to CNN.
Transcripts of Trump’s phone conversations will now also be available to an even smaller number of administration employees. Limiting access to trump’s negotiations will create a narrow circle of those who are loyal to all decisions that affect US foreign policy, according to experts interviewed by CNN.
One White House official called the new restriction the “Vindman rule” – after national Security Council staffer and expert on Ukraine and Russia Alexander Vindman. He was present at a telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on July 25, because of which the scandal broke out.