On January 4th, in a recent book,\" Trump and his generals: The Price of Chaos,\" National Security Correspondent Peter Bergen recounted the delicate conversation between the US president and his staff, much of the details stemming from dozens of interviews with current and former White House officials and officers.
In 2017, weeks after winning the election, U.S. President Donald Trump scolded former national security adviser retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and other senior White House officials for not informing him in time about Russian President Vladimir Putin's previous phone call, the U.S. media website Business Insider reported on Wednesday.
Burgan reportedly quoted sources as saying that Trump had lunch with then-British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House on January 27,2017. Theresa May then asked Trump if Putin had called him, while Trump denied it.
At this point, Michael Flynn, standing next to Trump, immediately bowed down and said to him,\" We are now arranging the call, and President Putin called a few days ago.\"
Mr. Trump, apparently angry after hearing that, lambasted Mr. Flynn and staff at other official residences, saying,\" You're not kidding, are you? Putin called me. You didn't call me in? What the hell are you thinking?'
The report said the administration usually prepares for high-level discussions between the president and foreign leaders, and that the calls are usually answered by key staff.
Separately, CNN reported in December that the Trump administration had also tightened regulations on visits to such calls and follow-up records after calls with the Ukrainian president became a flashpoint for his impeachment.