US President Donald Trump called German Chancellor Angela Merkel “stupid” during secret telephone conversations and accused her of being under the influence of Russia, and ex-British Prime Minister Teresa May called “a fool” criticizing her spinelessness regarding Brexit, reports CNN with reference to informed sources.
According to the channel, in conversations with Merkel and May, the American president humiliated them, committing “brutal attacks.” According to one of the sources of the channel, the accusatory speeches of the US leader were “almost sadistic.”
“Some of the things he said to Angela Merkel are simply unbelievable: he called her” stupid “and accused her of being in the pocket of the Russians … He shows the most rigidity (in phone calls) to those he looks at as to wimps, and he is the weakest with those with whom he should be tough, “one of the channel’s sources said.
An unnamed German official confirmed that it was said that the calls were “so unusual” that Berlin took special measures to keep the conversation secret. The official referred to by the channel called Trump’s behavior “very aggressive,” noting that for this reason the circle of people involved in monitoring Merkel’s calls has declined.
“The humiliating and mocking,” according to the channel’s sources, were Trump’s conversations with May, which he called the “fool”, as well as spineless in connection with her approach to Brexit, NATO and immigration issues. “
In addition, according to sources, during telephone calls, Trump “regularly mocked and humiliated” other Western leaders, including French President Emanuel Macron. Both the Canadian and Australian premieres of Justin Trudeau and Scott Morrison were attacked by Trump.
At the same time, according to the TV channel, influential leaders of countries, such as the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, during secret telephone conversations so often “replayed” their American counterpart that a number of senior US officials were convinced that Trump was a threat to national security of the country.
The channel notes with reference to unnamed White House and US intelligence officials that Trump was “systematically not ready to discuss serious issues.” It is reported that Trump often “raved” in relations with foreign leaders, as the two sources of the channel put it, ex-advisers to the president on national security, Herbert McMaster and John Bolton, ex-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as former White House chief of staff John Kelly and intelligence officials.