White House aides need to regularly explain to President Trump that he can’t call foreign leaders whenever he wants to because time zone differences mean it may be the middle of the night in other parts of the world, according to a new Politico report.
Sources close to the president told the publication that Trump often proposes phone calls with world leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at times when they would likely be asleep.
“When he wants to call someone, he wants to call someone,” one source told Politico. “He’s more impulsive that way. He doesn’t think about what time it is or who it is.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Politico that “foreign leaders appreciate that the president is willing to take their calls day and night.”
“The president has made clear that when leaders reach out for calls, [aides should] set them up right away,” Sanders said. “He has had foreign leaders calls very late at night and never wants another leader to wait before their call is returned.”
Two sources told Politico that Trump allegedly mispronounced Nepal as “nipple” and Bhutan as “button” at one meeting. A White House official has denied that claim.
One former National Security Council official told Politico that Trump often avoids saying certain words and names for fear he will mispronounce them when speaking to other world leaders.