Skip to comments.Carl Bernstein: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials
Posted on 06/29/2020 6:00:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, 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 US 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.
The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense 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. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.
These officials' concerns about the calls, and particularly Trump's deference to Putin, take on new resonance with reports the President may have learned in March that Russia had offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan -- and yet took no action.
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This crap is way past being old.
According to Bernstein:
* Trump regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage
* He told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”
* Trump incessantly boasted to his fellow heads of state, including Saudi Arabia’s autocratic royal heir Mohammed bin Salman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors,
* , Trump took special delight in trashing former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and suggested that dealing directly with him — Trump — would be far more fruitful than during previous administrations.
For Bernstein, The full, detailed picture drawn by CNN’s sources of Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders is consistent with the basic tenor and some substantive elements of a limited number of calls described by former national security adviser John Bolton in his book, “The Room Where It Happened.” But the calls described to CNN cover a far longer period than Bolton’s tenure, are much more comprehensive and seemingly more damning — in their sweep.
If it is on CNN then a 99% chance it is a lie.
Trump is the least of my worries.
Im watching the Democrats and most GOP capitulating to a communist overthrow of MY country and its pissing me off!
What do you think about that Bernstein?!
Again with “according to anonymous sources” and again on the current “Russia” theme. The Left’s marching orders went out to Bernstein as well.
RE: If it is on CNN then a 99% chance it is a lie.
Isn’t Carl Bernstein of WaterGate fame supposed to be the “gold standard” ( note the quotes ) for investigative journalism?
From what I’ve heard, JFK also alarmed intelligence officials.
Yep. Same crap from the same lying propagandists
If highly classified phone calls have been leaked then the leaker is a felon and a traitor who richly deserves the death penalty.
Tell Vladimir that Ill have more flexibility after the election. Now thats some world class pandering to Putin.
Bernstein takes the all-time record for mercilessly stretching out his fifteen minutes of fame.
A bunch of dem lies.
Bernstein seems to think the president is elected to take orders from the permanent bureaucracy. He’s wrong. There’s also this idea that “allies” who stick it to America are doing it for our own good. Germany spends less than the 2% target set for NATO countries. It’s doing a gas pipeline with Russia. But Bernstein’s insinuation is that this “ally” is being slighted in order to cater to Russia’s interests. In reality, it would be in Russia’s interests for Germany’s defense spending to be kept low and for the Russian gas pipeline to be completed.
yep. At least Bernstein could write the drivel by himself.
It’s more Russia, Russia, Russia...they understand that about half of the American public are imbeciles and will believe this nonsense.
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Bernstein is full of Shiite, like Obama and Hillary
Nothing like old school drivel :)
Bernstein’s jealous because Woodward got all the accolades.
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