President Donald Trump’s freewheeling and unprepared approach to phone calls with world leaders tended to turn ugly if the recipient was a woman, according to a new CNN report.
Trump was “near-sadistic” when speaking to leaders like former British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling them “stupid” and “a fool,” according to longtime Washington Post reporter of Watergate fame Carl Bernstein, who reported the story for CNN.
One source called Trump’s calls with May “humiliating and bullying,” while Merkel reportedly took Trump’s antics “like water off a duck’s back.”
“He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call,” One source told CNN. “It’s the same interaction in every setting — coronavirus or Brexit — with just no filter applied.”
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President Donald Trump was chummy with autocratic male world leaders in phone calls, but turned “near-sadistic” when he was speaking to women in the same positions, according to a new report from Carl Bernstein for CNN.
Bernstein, who rose to fame at the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, cites White House and intelligence community sources familiar with highly classified calls sounding the alarm.
Trump’s “most vicious attacks, said the sources, were aimed at women heads of state.”
The president’s overall conduct on these calls was described to Bernstein as a “danger to the national security of the United States” because of how unprepared Trump was.
“The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often ‘delusional,’ as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders,” Bernstein
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