Kerry says would be valuable for Trump to seek advice before calls

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Posted: Dec 04, 2016 2:39 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it would be valuable for President Donald Trump's transition team to seek State Department recommendations before contacting foreign leaders, but there have been no requests for such talking points.

"We have not been contacted before any of these conversations," Kerry told a think tank conference. "I do think there is a value, obviously, of having at least the recommendations, whether you choose to follow them or not is a different issue, but I think it's valuable to have people who work the desk ... their input on what’s the current status of some particular issue at the moment, I think that’s valuable, and I would certainly recommend it, but, obviously, that hasn’t happened."

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)