Donald Trump had an hour long call on Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What exactly was said during this phone call is unknown as Trump turned off the recording equipment on the White House phone line. Usually, when there’s a call between the president and other world leaders a recording of the call is made publicly available.
There is only a 10-paragraph summary from the Russian Government that shows what the two talked about, and a one-paragraph boilerplate statement from the Trump White House.
“During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilize and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis,” read the statement.
Only evidence the US has of the call is a one-paragraph boilerplate statement:
This raises high concern. Why would the President have to turn off a recording of his conversation with Putin? American Foreign Policy Council Vice President Ilan Berman confirmed that there was no recording of the conversation. “There was no readout of the Trump-Putin call bc WH turned off recording.”
Turkish journalist Ilhan Tanir tweeted from a panel discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center, quoted Berman:
The concern that Trump has close ties to Russia is being raised. His actions seem very peculiar and unprecedented.