Trump's cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns


The president has been giving his mobile phone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a meeting in the Oval Office in February. The Secret Service issued Trump a secured phone for his inauguration, but the president has since reportedly used an unsecured Android phone to tweet from the White House while watching television. The idea of world leaders calling each other directly is considered a breach of protocol in the diplomatic world. According to French officials, French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump also exchanged numbers, but there have been no reports of the leaders having used the line.

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.

All the sources asked to remain anonymous as they are not permitted to disclose the information.

The White House also declined to offer any further comment about the situation.

Unlike secure lines in the Oval Office and the Situation Room, Trump's White House-issued cellphone could be snooped on by foreign spies or even U.S. intelligence, according to a security expert.

"If you are speaking on an open line, then it's an open line, meaning those who have the ability to monitor those..."