Now that Joe Biden has taken the mantle of the presidency, he can see for himself what information was exchanged during former President Trump’s secretive phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, POLITICO reports.
“They don’t need our approval to see those [records],” a former Trump White House official told POLITICO, referring Biden’s national security team. “Biden owns all the call materials. There is only one president at a time.”
A former national security official who is close to Biden said that it’s a “national security priority” to find out what Trump said to Putin.
“Some things, like what happened in some face-to-face meetings where no American translator or note-taker was present, may never be fully known. But I would be very surprised if the new national security team were not trying to access,” the former official added.
Trump went to great lengths to keep his conversations with Putin private, even confiscating his interpreter’s notes.
“This is much bigger than just Russia and Putin,” said another former Trump administration official. “It’s a problem across the board for the new team — basically, trying to find out, what did [Trump] promise people left right and center?”
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