Trump’s Phone Bullying of Merkel

Insiders from the White House report how US President Trump deals with female heads of state and government on the phone in a ludicrous manner. He especially shot at Chancellor Merkel.

That is bullying, as the president behaves on the phone, says Carl Bernstein, the US journalist who has become famous as a Watergate revealer. Donald Trump is ludicrous towards allied heads of government, especially women.

“With regard to Allies, he presses them. He deals with women on the phone almost sadistically, especially Angela Merkel.”

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May was also a special target.

“He not only pressed her, but called Merkel stupid and in the hands of the Russians.”

“Unable to Competently Maintain Foreign Relations”
Bernstein has spoken to dozens of active and former White House employees on behalf of CNN, those who were allowed to listen to Trump’s calls or read them afterwards. These include former Foreign Ministers, Defense Ministers and White House chiefs of staff.

“In hundreds of phone calls to heads of government, the president was unable to competently maintain foreign relations.”

He was often poorly prepared and simply gave up important positions in the United States. Above all, it had become clear that Trump was particularly impressed by “strong men” and even appeared submissive.

“When calling Putin, he almost slavishly sought recognition.”

As far as Angela Merkel is concerned, the Chancellery does not comment on the report, and a government spokesman points out the confidentiality of the talks. According to Carl Bernstein, Trump’s aggressive attacks on Theresa May would have been intimidating, exactly what the president intended. On the other hand, Merkel’s reaction would have described his sources quite differently:

“She handled it very well. Like water on the back of a duck, she let it drip off.”

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Insiders from the White House report how US President Trump deals with female heads of state and government on the phone in a ludicrous manner. He especially shot at Chancellor Merkel.

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