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Andrew Medichini / AP

President Trump has been giving world leaders his cell phone number and urging them to call it rather than a secured White House line, the AP reports.

  • Who has his number: Canada's Justin Trudeau, Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto, France's Emmanuel Macron and possibly others. Of the three, only Trudeau has used it.
  • Security concerns: "If you are speaking on an open line... if someone is trying to spy on you, then everything you're saying, you have to presume that others are listening to it," Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon and NSC official told the AP.
  • Secrecy concerns: Transcripts of calls with foreign leaders are typically archived. The White House has not said whether records will be kept of these more informal calls.

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Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on conspiracy theories about election fraud, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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Assassination in Iran sets stage for tense final 50 days of Trump

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Iranian leaders are weighing their response to the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, known as the father of Iran’s military nuclear program, who was given a state funeral Monday in Tehran.

The big picture: Iran has accused Israel of carrying out Friday’s attack, but senior leaders have suggested that they’ll choose patience over an immediate escalation that could play into the hands of the Israelis and the outgoing Trump administration.

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