White House readouts are meant to keep the public informed of the
president’s communication with domestic and international leaders. But
President Donald Trump’s readouts have been notoriously short and
vague — giving the public little about what he’s actually doing.

On Wednesday, the White House released their shortest readout yet.
The president’s call with president Xi Jinping of China was 28 words
long, and the most impactful statement was: “It was a very productive
call.”

Here are some of the other great readouts in Trump White House
history.

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of
China:
President Donald J. Trump spoke last night with President Xi
Jinping of China to follow up after President Xi’s visit to Mar-a-
Lago. It was a very productive call.


Readout of the President’s call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull
President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull spoke by phone for twenty-five minutes today. Both
leaders emphasized the enduring strength and closeness of the U.S.
-Australia relationship that is critical for peace, stability, and
prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

The Australia readout,

conducted in late January, was completely depthless and misleading. As
Salon wrote at the time:
“Senior U.S. officials told The Washington Post that Trump berated
Turnbull over an agreement struck during the Obama
administration that would ask the U.S. to accept 1,250 refugees
from an Australian detention center. ‘This is the worst deal ever,’
Trump reportedly said — the day after he signed an executive order
that suspended the U.S. refugee program. Trump reportedly told the
prime minister that he was “going to get killed” politically and even
accused Australia of trying to export the ‘next Boston bombers.'”

Senior Australian Government sources told Australian television network
ABC that the Post’s article was “substantially accurate” and the
tempestuous call seemed further confirmed when Trump tweeted a few
days later:

Readout of the President’s call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
President Donald J. Trump spoke by phone today with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders discussed the need
to counter continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle
East region. The Prime Minister thanked the President for his
comments at the beginning of his speech before the Joint Session
of Congress condemning anti-Semitism.

On March 6, Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. This readout happened right around the time Trump
ordered a Jewish reporter trying to ask about anti-Semitism to sit down
during a news conference, and the administration’s refusal to talk about
Jews in a Holocaust remembrance statement

Readout of the President’s day with Japanese Prime Minister  Shinzō

The President enjoyed hosting Prime Minister Abe on the golf course
today, which was both relaxing and productive. They had great
conversations on a wide range of subjects, and the President looks
forward to further discussions with the Prime Minister at dinner this
evening.

Glad it was relaxing. But who was the better golfer?
Trump’s White
House readouts are
short and worthless