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The fallout of WaPo’s transcripts of conversations between Trump and world leaders

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US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday morning, the Washington Post published transcripts of Trump's phone conversations with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The contentious conversations center on immigration and refugees, and the transcripts show that the President tried to get his Mexican counterpart to stop saying his country wouldn’t pay for a border wall. On AirTalk, we explore what the calls reveal about the President’s negotiation skills, and more.


Scott Horsley, NPR White House reporter; he tweets @HorselyScott

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and CNN political analyst; his latest book is, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society” (Penguin Press, 2015); he tweets @julianzelizer ‏

R.P. Eddy, CEO of the New York-based intelligence firm Ergo; former director at the White House National Security Council, as well as a former U.S. and U.N. senior diplomat; he is the co-author of the book, “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes” (Ecco, 2017) and tweets @RPEddy

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

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