For four days after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan, President Bush refused to directly contact Musharraf. Reuters reports that Bush has finally made the call:
U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he had spoken to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and urged him to both hold elections and give up his military post. […]
“My message was that we believe strongly in elections and that you ought to have elections soon and you need to take off your uniform. You can’t be the president and the head of the military at the same time,” Bush said at a joint news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “I had a very frank discussion with him, Bush said.
Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino stated: “The decision has been made to have Secretary Rice be the one directed to have this communication.”