White House sought to keep Trump calls with Putin, Saudi Arabia from public: report

Source: The Hill | September 27, 2019 | Tal Axelrod

The White House sought to limit access to conversations President Trump had with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to CNN.

A person familiar with the matter told the outlet that officials who would have ordinarily been given access to a rough transcript were not provided one and that a transcript was never circulated after the call with Mohammed was complete. The source told CNN the call did not contain sensitive national security interests.

Officials also tightly restricted access to a transcript for at least one of Trump’s conversations with Putin.

The news came after a declassified whistleblower complaint revealed that the White House sought to bury a transcript of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he pushed Kiev to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump’s top political rivals.

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