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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:37 AM

Advisers thought Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders threatened national security

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Author Carl Bernstein, CNN,
Publish Date Tue, 30 Jun 2020, 2:51PM

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 defence, 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. CNN's sources said there were calls between Putin and Trump about Trump's desire to end the American military presence in Afghanistan but they mentioned no discussion of the supposed Taliban bounties.

By far the greatest number of Trump's telephone discussions with an individual head of state were with Erdogan, who sometimes phoned the White House at least twice a week and was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump, according to the sources. Meanwhile, the President 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; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid."

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https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/world/donald-trumps-phone-calls-with-foreign-leaders-posed-a-danger-to-national-security/

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Judi Lynn Jun 30 OP
elleng Jun 30 #1
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aquamarina Jun 30 #3
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:43 AM

1. Thanks, wanted to see this.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:45 AM

2. This is how you make America great! How did we sink so low?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:48 AM

3. Nice of them to not fucking

Speak up when they had a chance. National security on the line and they kept their mouths shut and didnít do a damn thing.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:07 AM

4. He actually called Merkel "stupid"? To her face? She has a doctorate in quantum chemistry....

which dumbass Don can't even pronounce.

Man, to be a fly on the wall when the Europeans talk about the Tangerine Turdlapper...

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 04:33 AM

5. Love that one

Tangerine Turdlapper - bravo to you or whoever put that one together!

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