Turkish President Recep Erdogan frequently called US President Donald Trump, according to a new CNN report.
Erdogan sometimes phoned Trump as often as twice a week, according to the CNN report.
He would sometimes call while Trump was golfing, and the president would interrupt his game to chat at length with the Turkish president.
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Turkish President Recep Erdogan reportedly called US President Donald Trump twice a week at one point, according to a new CNN report.
Sources told reporter Carl Bernstein that Erdogan was allegedly “put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump.”
The report was based on repeated interviews with officials over a period of four months. Bernstein, who along with Bob Woodward, broke the story of the Watergate Scandal for The Washington Post in 1972, reported that Trump’s lack of preparation for conversations with leaders like Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen by some White House officials as a “danger to the national security of the United States.”
“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,” Bernstein wrote in the CNN report.
According to the report, Trump’s conversations with Erdogan and Putin were “particularly egregious in terms of Trump almost never being prepared substantively and thus leaving him susceptible to being taken advantage of in various ways.”
Some top officials in the Trump administration were reportedly especially concerned about how often Erdogan called and how easily he went past the usual National Security …read more
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