Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump's invitation to world leaders raises security, secrecy concerns

The leaders of Canada and Mexico are two of the people that have reportedly been approached to call Trump on his private phone which would break diplomatic protocol. He's been asking heads of state to call him.on his personal cell phone. The shift is a major break with protocol and, as the AP notes, "is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the US commander in chief's communications".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to officials, has taken advantage of the offer so far.

All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

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Cellphone security experts say President Donald Trump, who blasted Hillary Clinton for using a personal email server, might be a walking magnet for eavesdropping and malware if he is using an unsecured cellphone to chat with foreign leaders. Neither the White House nor Trudeau's office responded to the AP's requests for comment.

Questions have been raised about back-channels used by Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner between the USA and Moscow when discussing Syria.

Last week, a leaked transcript of Trump's phone call with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, revealed his candid communication style in the White House. "If someone is trying to spy on you, then everything you're saying, you have to presume that others are listening to it".

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