By Staff writer
Trump responds to story that the US presidential transition was "in disarray"
US President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have spoken to 29 world leaders, including UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, according to a list issued by The Trump transition team.
On November 9, UAE President, Vice President and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had congratulated Trump after his election victory on November 9.
In response to a critical report by The New York Times which said the “transition was in disarray”, the Trump team released the list of more than two-dozen leaders.
Offices of foreign leaders were “blindly dialling in to Trump Tower” as they scrambled to get the future president on the phone, the New York newspaper said.
In a tweet, Trump said: “The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.
“I have received and taken calls from many foreign leaders despite what the failing @nytimes said. Russia, U.K., China, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and more. I am always available to them. @nytimes is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me.”
The transition team did not however disclose details on who called who and gave no descriptions of their conversations.
Other leaders who have spoken either with Trump, or Pence from the region include Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.