Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming vice president have now spoken to 29 foreign leaders and dignitaries, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump’s aides said Wednesday.
The list of more than two-dozen leaders, which included the previously reported British Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as new names like Erdogan and Modi, was published by Trump’s team after a critical report by The New York Times which said the transition was in disarray. Offices of foreign leaders were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower as they scrambled to get the future president on the phone, according to the daily.
But Trump and his aides insisted Wednesday that the transition process, including the naming of members of Trump’s cabinet, was progressing smoothly.
The following leaders have spoken either with Trump or Vice President-elect Mike Pence to offer their congratulations since their election victory last week: Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others