Donald Trump reportedly abused Scott Morrison in ‘sadistic’ phone calls

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

"We're in a battle for the soul of the nation - and the President has picked a side".

"President Trump is a world-class negotiator who has consistently furthered America's interests on the world stage", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews said in a statement to Business Insider, in response to the CNN report.

Once officials were able to reach the president, he agreed to delete it, they said.

Putin "just outplays" Trump during their one-on-one interactions, according to CNN's report.

In a report to CNN, Carl Bernstein cited White House and intelligence-community sources familiar with highly classified calls.

One person familiar with nearly all the conversations with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western Europe characterized Trump's calls with them to be "abominations" so grievous to U.S. national security interests, according to CNN.

Speaking at the White House on Monday, McEnany said that her boss had never received a briefing on the issue in the first place.

"In Theresa May's case", Bernstein told Acosta, "she was very flustered, she was agitated, she was really very hard for her to handle the call, and in fact, the intimidation that was put forth in the call by Trump was intended". "But he made very clear to me that he stands with the people of The Villages, our great seniors, men and women in the villages, who support this president", she said. Several other sources confirmed the detail to CNN as well. In particular, Trump's repeated deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin became a continued source of worry.

During their phone calls, according to CNN and previous media reports, Trump often boasts about himself and builds up his business acumen, while repeatedly praising the Russian leader and seeking his approval. Another source said that sometimes their conversations resemble that of "two guys in a steam bath".

The premise of the story - that Russian Federation was paying "bounties" for Taliban fighters to kill USA troops - has been dismissed by the Kremlin as fake news aimed at stalling the United States troops' withdrawal - the idea of such a pullout has always been touted by Trump.

More broadly, Trump has little knowledge of issues related to Syria and the Middle East and was unprepared to discuss critical policy issues with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"He's toughest [in the phone calls] with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with".

Taken together, Trump's actions convinced senior administration officials - like former national security advisers John Bolton and H.R. McMaster, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former chief of staff John Kelly, and multiple intelligence officials - that Trump was "delusional", according to CNN.

Officials said that while the president gets lots of content to share from aides and allies, the "white power" incident is a 'lesson to all of us in the White House to be more aware of what's out there'.

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