The US President Donald Trump has breached the traditional diplomatic security protocol by urging the world leaders to directly call him on his personal cell phone.
This move attracted a lot of fire from the National Security experts as according to them it can lead to serious security implications.
If you are speaking on an open line, then it’s an open line, meaning those who have the ability to monitor those conversations are doing so,” said Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon adviser and National Security Council official.
It here shows the double standards Trump is maintaining. Trump who bashed Hillary, his opponent in the presidential campaign for using her personal email for the matters of national security as a Secretary to the State is now inviting world leaders to ring him up on his personal cell phone.
The president is allowed to use several secret phones lines like the one in White House situation room, the oval office and in the Presidential Limousine. These lines are encrypted with military grade security and are one of the most secure communication lines of the world. The standard protocol has quite a lot of security checks and encryptions before a real call can be made between the world leaders.
The State department and National Security Council (NSC) officials handle the President’s communications with world leaders. A country with friendly diplomatic relations can simply contact the US situation room with its own situation room. While other countries need to first lodge application through their Ambassador and define all points of discussions and issues and then the NSC prepares the script for the president. The official calls between presidents are heard by the state as well as security department and in presence of interpreters.
While other countries need to first lodge an application through their Ambassador and define all points of discussions and issues and then the NSC prepares the script for the president. The official calls between presidents are heard by the state as well as security department and in presence of interpreters.
During his presidential campaign Trump was seen using an Android phone Samsung Galaxy S3 which is at least 5 years old and is literally of fossil in the technical world. Most of his tweets were from this phone. On becoming the President, Trump’s personal phone has been a mess for security officials. He fought to retain his unsecured Galaxy S3 but report say he finally gave in to the authorities and moved up to Apple which provides higher levels of security. The officials are also concerned about the effect such an act is going to have over the diplomatic relations all around the world.
The Presidential Records Act of 1981 requires all records of president’s communication to be preserved, even his tweets. It was upgraded in 2014 to include personal emails but it says nothing about the personal calls a President makes and it becomes almost impossible to monitor the personal records of the President’s phone calls.
President Trump has already been in news for his phone. When he called up the Australian Prime Minister to bash him for his policy on refugees. Call which was scheduled for 1 hour ended abruptly in 25 minutes. With such a record his officials are now worried about his personal calls. He reportedly called his new ‘best friend’ the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him on his win. He has urged his neighbours to call him up namely Mexican and Canadian leaders. Justin Trudeau has been said to have used his privilege according to a Canadian official.
But this move surely drew outrage and influx of memes on the social. ln certain videos Trump is seen dancing to hotline bling as he is telling world leaders to call him on his personal cell phone.
At a time when FBI is probing into Russia and now into his son in law and advisor Jared Kushner, private conversations on cell phone may not be the best way to regain the confidence of the authorities.