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Confusion surrounding Trump's talks with foreign leaders

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:11

As world leaders look to meet and talk with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, some officials say they are confused as to how to contact the soon-to-be U.S. leader and his transition team. Natasha Howitt reports.

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World leaders are queuing to meet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, but contacting his transition team isn't that easy. First in line to officially meet the soon-to-be leader is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But a day before Abe's trip to New York, Japanese officials said plans had not been finalized. They weren't even sure who to call for answers. It is unusual for foreign leaders to hold high-level diplomatic talks in the U.S. without detailed planning. It is also unusual for leaders such as Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to use informal channels to contact a President-elect. Turnbull said on Thursday he was one of the first leaders to speak to Trump -- after he got his phone number from Trump's friend, Australian golfer Greg Norman. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, denouncing reports of disorganisation within his transition team. Speculation has been mounting since the head of the team was removed and uncertainty over top appointments in Trump's administration drags on.

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Confusion surrounding Trump's talks with foreign leaders

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:11