Prime minister Mark Rutte’s name is not on an official list of 29 world leaders president-elect Donald Trump spoke to in the days after his election.
The press release sent out by Trump’s team on Wednesday includes presidents, kings and sheiks, such as German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and British prime-minister Theresa May. But the name of the Dutch prime-minister is missing.
According to a spokesman for Trump, Rutte did receive the phone call from Washington on Monday and his name will be published on Thursday, along with those of other leaders. Why Rutte’s name was omitted from the first list is unclear.
Rutte said on Facebook on Tuesday he had congratulated Trump on his election and the two had ‘stressed the importance of close cooperation’.
Broadcaster NOS says the list was published when the New York Times wrote that Trump could not be reached and that some foreign leaders had resorted to ringing the general number of Trump Towers in the hope of finding the president-elect on the other end.
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