How foreign leaders actually call each other

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In the week's following President-elect Donald Trump's November 8th win, foreign leaders were reportedly calling Trump Tower to offer their congratulations.

But calling Trump Tower is a lot different than calling the White House.

The President doesn't exactly have a hotline. So how do foreign leaders call each other?

A phone call with the President starts with a lot of behind the scenes work from staffers.

According to the BBC, there must first be a formal request for a call, followed by a proposed agenda.

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 31 : President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump attend a meeting at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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If the request is accepted, the work of scheduling a call between two foreign leaders begins.

Before the call takes place, leaders are briefed.

The U.S. President is briefed by the National Security Council regarding details of the call, talking points, and personal information about the leader they'll be speaking to.

To avoid misinterpretation, leaders often speak in their mother tongue, says a former White House linguist.

Presidential translators must then pass heavy security clearances and are usually experts in the subject of that specific call.

After all the groundwork for a world leader call has been laid, congratulations, you can now speak to the President.

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