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The Strangest Phone Calls Between Tony Blair And Bill Clinton

"My staff won't let me talk to you unless I have a banana at hand. I'm sitting here with a banana; it's a big, ugly, brownish one."

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Transcripts of phone calls between then prime minister Tony Blair and US president Bill Clinton have been released, giving a strange insight into their attitudes, relationship, and appetite for eating moose lips.

The files, which cover calls between 1997 and 2000, were released by the Clinton Presidential Library, following a Freedom of Information request by BBC journalist Martin Rosenbaum.

Here are some of the stranger and more revealing moments in the transcript:


Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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