Interviews with multiple anonymous Trump administration officials conducted by CNN portrayed Trump as unprepared and sometimes unhinged when it came to classified conversations with foreign leaders.
Donald Trump attacks some US allies over the phone and focuses particular ire on female leaders, CNN reports, citing White House and intelligence sources with knowledge of the private conversations.
Trump also called former Theresa May a “fool” and spineless as he confronted the former UK prime minister over Brexit, NATO and immigration policies, according to one source.
It is understood that May got “flustered and nervous” in response to Trump’s diatribes but Merkel remained calm and unruffled. However, a German official told CNN, the calls were “so unusual” and “aggressive” that Germany’s government took measures to keep their contents secret and cut the number of officials monitoring those exchanges.
Sources who were familiar with the contents of the phone conversations claimed that Trump also regularly bullied other Western leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, and Australia’s Scott Morrison.
According to CNN’s report, Trump also likes to deride his predecessors, especially Barack Obama and George Bush. He told world leaders that the former presidents “didn’t know BS” and praised himself for being smarter and “stronger” than the “imbeciles”…