A CNN report on Monday painted a scathing portrait of President Donald Trump’s conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders.
Multiple sources described the US president as someone who bullies and belittles allies while fawning over autocratic leaders.
Sources told CNN Trump behaves in a “near-sadistic” fashion with female leaders; that he talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin as if they’re “two guys in a steam bath”; and that Turkey’s president “took him to the cleaners.”
Trump’s behavior was so unusual and erratic that it convinced several senior administration officials that the president was “delusional,” according to the report.
In some cases, the report said, Trump’s actions led White House officials to conclude that the president himself posed a national security threat.
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Turns-of-phrase like “baked in the cake” and “shocking, but unsurprising” have become cliché in the Trump era, but a Monday CNN report presented a comprehensive overview of President Donald Trump’s conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders.
CNN’s Carl Bernstein spoke to multiple sources over a four-month period, all of whom were anonymously cited in the story but who largely confirmed details that have been previously reported by other outlets and testified to in public hearings.
Overall, these sources painted a scathing portrait of a US president who bullies and belittles allies while fawning over autocratic leaders. The White House did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.
One person familiar with Trump’s conversations with leaders from Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia, and western Europe described the calls to CNN as “abominations.”
A source told the outlet that Trump subjected French President Emmanuel Macron to lectures and verbal “whippings” on issues like trade, immigration, and NATO.
Trump behaved in a “near-sadistic” manner toward German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to one source. Several other sources confirmed the detail to CNN as well.
Some of the harshest depictions of Trump’s lack of preparedness on critical issues stem from his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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.
The US president “gives away the advantage that was hard won in the Cold War” and has “given Russia a lifeline,” a high-level administration official told CNN.
Another administration official told CNN that Putin “just outplays” Trump. Another source said that sometimes their conversations resemble that of “two guys in a steam bath.”
One source told CNN that Trump “gave away the store” when he decided to pull US troops from Syria, handing a massive victory to both Turkey and Russia.
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.
“Erdogan took him to the cleaners,” one source told CNN.
Taken together, Trump’s actions convinced senior …read more
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