Trump's cellphone use worries security experts

Donald Trump is risking becoming a target of foreign surveillance by sharing his mobile phone number with world leaders and asking them to give him a call.

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

A French official told the Associated Press that Trump also exchanged numbers with President Emmanuel Macron during a phone call following Macron's election earlier this month, but would not comment on whether the French president meant to use the line. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Other potential changes to the White House communications office are also expected, according to United States media, including fewer on-camera briefings with Spicer.

The notion of world leaders calling each other up via cellphone may seem unremarkable in the modern, mobile world.

Dubke's hiring was meant to lighten the load on Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump's first month in office.

CNN on Wednesday reported that Comey will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee, as soon as next week, that Trump urged him to drop his ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, whom the president fired as his national security adviser. When Edward Snowden dumped all of his information back in 2013, one of the reveals was that the USA had been listening in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone-as if she needed another reason to hate America. But rather than saying the musician should be "ashamed" of himself, as he said of Griffin, Trump declared that Nugent demonstrated "the anger people have towards" then-President Obama, even if his "figure of speech" was a bit "unfortunate".

The practice opens Trump up to charges of hypocrisy. After Nixon's Watergate scandal-there's that guy again, why does he keep coming up?-The Presidential Records Act of 1981 was passed, requiring the president to preserve any records related to the office.

The White House did not respond to questions on whether the president is keeping records of any less-formal calls with world leaders.

In creating a separate entity to handle the Russian Federation fallout, the White House hopes existing staffers can return their focus to executing the President's agenda, which has largely stalled as aides and advisers work to respond to the Russian Federation story.

Spicer was questioned on May 30 as to where if Trump had previous knowledge concerning multiple efforts by Kushner during December 2016 to establish a back channel for the exclusive objective of communicating with Moscow.

In this photo taken April 20, 2017, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

  • Leroy Wright