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White House phone comments line won't be down permanently

 (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

On Monday, people noticed that the White House's phone line for comments was down, and a voicemail greeting directed people to instead make contact through Facebook or email. According to the press office, it's not a permanent change. There are plans to get the phone line back up soon, though there is no confirmed time yet. For now, Trump aides are focused on getting acclimated.

“We’re still learning how to work our computers,” press assistant Giovanna Coia said by phone.

No presidential transition is perfectly smooth, and this one has been no exception. Shortly after President Trump took office, some information disappeared from the White House website. Some of it will come back, aides say .

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