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

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

In a report to CNN, Carl Bernstein cited White House and intelligence-community sources familiar with highly classified calls. To other global leaders, including key USA allies, he was allegedly flat-out abusive.

President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior U.S. officials _ including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff - that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

"But his most vicious attacks, said the sources, were aimed at women heads of state".

His conversations with former British Prime Minister Theresa May were described as "humiliating and bullying".

"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".

"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".

Though extraordinary measures were taken in response to Trump's conversations with Merkel, the German chancellor took the United States president's comments "like water off a duck's back", a source told CNN.

The report claimed he told May that she was weak and lacked courage; and told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid".

That Trump would call Angela Merkel, who is the de facto leader of the free world and holds a doctorate in quantum chemistry "stupid", would be laughable if it weren't so depressing. Sources say that Merkel remained cool under pressure, and that "the Chancellor indeed stayed calm, and that's what she does on the phone". According to an unnamed source, "He'd get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he'd get nasty with her on the phone call ..."

A German official confirmed to CNN that he behaved the same way in person towards female leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. And following Trump's well-known pattern, he oscillated between praising and sucking up to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, while hurling verbal abuse at America's allies. Just last month, Trump again dismissed the 2016 election interference by Russian Federation as a "hoax" during a phone call with Putin.

German officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump's "very aggressive" conversations with Chancellor Angela Merkel that they kept their calls secret, sources told CNN. "From negotiating the phase one China deal and the USMCA to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies contributing more and defeating Isis, President Trump has shown his ability to advance America's strategic interests".

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