Trump was allegedly 'humiliating' towards May

Cheryl Sanders
July 2, 2020

Trump's calls included frequent derisive comments directly to prominent female national leaders - including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has topped the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women. "And now Malcolm has talked me into taking them, too", Mr Trump said, according to the memoir.

He would sometimes call while Trump was golfing, and the president would interrupt his game to chat at length with the Turkish president.

"He clearly intimidated her and meant to", one source familiar with the phone calls told Bernstein. However, when speaking to leaders like Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump would appear to be unprepared, even deferential, allowing himself to be manipulated on key matters of foreign policy.

Trump called May a "fool" and lambasted her handling of Brexit and other issues.

"The calls caused former top Trump deputies - including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defence 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 wrote in the CNN report.

The United States and Greece past year renewed a military defense deal and engaged in a US-Greece Strategic Dialogue but Trump also tried to get the US Congress to go along with selling F-35 fighter jets to Turkey that could be used against Greece.

It also gives just the most recent, most urgent, example of why so a great deal rides on the Supreme Court's determination on no matter whether Trump's taxes and small business records can be turned about to members of the Household of Representatives and the NY district attorney.

The report claimed that the calls with Erdogan were a major reason for Trump's order to pull United States forces from Syria.

Trump has repeatedly gone after Merkel publicly over a planned Nord Stream pipeline to pump gas from Russian Federation to Germany.

Trump has repeatedly voiced hope for better relations with Putin, who on Wednesday looked set to win a constitutional referendum that could keep him in power until 2036.

Earlier this month Trump announced that he was ordering a major reduction in US troop strength in Germany, cutting the number of soldiers from around 34,000 to only 25,000.

Trump again denied reports that he had been briefed, saying the intelligence was not strong enough to warrant telling the president.

However, Trump became increasingly critical of May and Britain - rebuking her publicly in 2017 after she criticized him for retweeting the far-right group Britain First. May had previously revealed that Trump advised her to sue the European Union.

Shortly before Mrs May's resignation a year ago, Mr Trump attacked her again for ignoring his advice on Brexit and going "her own foolish way".

"Trump regularly bullied and disparaged other leaders of the western alliance during his phone conversations - including French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - in the same hostile and aggressive way he discussed the coronavirus with some of America's governors", the report reads.

In their conversations, Mr Erdogan exploited Mr Trump's lack of knowledge about the Middle East and "took him to the cleaners", sources say.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister told he had never been bullied or abused by the US President in their phone calls.

Morrison was recently among the few world leaders to voice sympathy with Trump over his criticisms of the World Health Organization, although he stopped short of pulling funds from the WHO as Trump has done.

"With nearly every problem, all it takes (in his phone calls) is someone asking him to do something as President on behalf of the United States and he doesn't see it that way; he goes to being ripped off; he's not interested in cooperative issues or working on them together; instead he's deflecting things or pushing real issues off into a corner".

"The Prime Minister has only ever had polite, respectful and positive calls with the President, " he said.

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