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White House Slammed Over Report on Ending Release of Public Readouts: ‘So Much for Transparency’

Pundits and journalists slammed the White House after they it was reported that summaries — or readouts — of President Donald Trump’s calls with world leaders will no longer be released.

The change, which was first reported by CNN, is not officially permanent and the White House did not respond to the network’s request for comment. However, it is a big shift from previous administrations on both sides of the aisle, as descriptions of presidential phone calls with other foreign leaders were released in the past to give reporters an official account of highly important discussions.

The last such readout that was released came in June after Trump talked with the Hungarian prime minister. Calls since that time have been reported on by news outlets in other countries and verified by the administration.

The response on Twitter noted several issues with this White House change, including the fact that it breaks precedent from previous administrations and forces American journalists covering Trump to rely on foreign outlets and governments to provide information on his discussions with world leaders:

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Caleb Ecarma was a reporter at Mediaite. Email him here: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here: @calebecarma