A long running government practice to allow public officials to listen to presidential phone conversations with foreign leaders could come to an end, the president said.
President Donald Trump is considering whether to stop allowing government representatives to quietly monitor his official phone calls with the leaders of foreign countries.
“When you call a foreign leader people listen,” the president told the “Geraldo in Cleveland” program on WTAM radio according to Fox News. “I may end the practice entirely, I may end it entirely.”
Sometimes dozens of U.S. officials can join official phone conversations with foreign leaders.
“Sometimes, you have 25 people. Now you have apprenti, you have secretary of states,” the president said. “For instance Mike Pompeo was on the call, he found the call to be perfect, he found the call to be absolutely fine.”
It was only Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who worked for the National Security Council at the time, who repeatedly expressed concerns during his testimonials at the impeachment inquiry about the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
“With many people on the good, this guy [Vindman] said he did not like the call,” the president said, lamenting Vindman’s “insubordinate” behavior.
Vindman was recently fired from the National Security Council, a move that was “applauded” by many of the president’s supporters.
“Why would he not go to his immediate, you know, he went to Congress or he went to [House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam] Schiff (D-Calif.) or he went to somebody,” the president said.
The president also questioned Sen. Mitt Romney (D-Utah) who surprised many of his fellow party members by using religion as his reason for not joining other Republicans in voting against a second article of impeachment to remove the president from office during his Senate impeachment trial.
The senator made the shocking decision even though he previously joined fellow party members in voting against the first article of impeachment according to Geraldo Rivera.
“They did reports that he [Romney] brought up his religion very seldom, and all of a sudden he brought up his religion,” the president said. “I got 52-and-a-half votes out of 53, I got 52-and-a-half. I guess if it was the religion he should have voted for the other half, you know, he voted on one [article] positively and the other negatively … if it was just the religion [he] should have voted [the same way] on both if you think about it.”