Leaders who land a phone call with Trump had better beware

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Leaders who land a phone call with Trump had better beware

Such a call used to be like hitting the jackpot, but the unpredictable US president turned that idea on its head

Luke Baker

Arranging a phone call with the US president used to be seen as a diplomatic win. But increasingly it comes with serious risks, from transcript leaks to domestic political blowback, and advisers are growing wary.

The fallout from Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is still reverberating in Kiev and has led to the opening of an impeachment inquiry in Washington.

US lawmakers leading the inquiry now want access to Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and some other world leaders, with the chairperson of the US House Intelligence Committee citing concerns that Trump may have jeopardised national security...

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