White House re-opens its public comment line

It is typically staffed by volunteers

White House re-opens its public comment line

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin | Image: Andrew Harnik AP/Press Association Images

The White House has re-opened its public comment line, amid complaints it was shut down after Donald Trump took office.

The service allows members of the public to comment to the sitting US president about various topics.

It is typically staffed by volunteers.

It follows reports that a recording on the comment line previously asked people to leave messages on the White House website or Facebook page instead.

People can also submit questions and comments online, or even send gifts.

While a separate website called 'White House Inc' also claimed to be connecting callers with Mr Trump's businesses around the world, in lieu of the comment line.

It claimed: "By not divesting himself from his businesses, he's actually creating satellite White Houses all over the world.

"That means we have dozens of phone numbers we can use to reach the president and discuss the issues that matter most."

But now it seems the official line is back working, so all is well - over the phone at least.

It appears to be part of a campaign to make the White House more accessible under the Trump administration.

Earlier this week it was announced that public tours will resume from March.

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