A CNN report on Monday painted a scathing portrait of President Donald Trump’s conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders.
Multiple sources described the US president as someone who bullies and belittles allies while fawning over autocratic leaders.
Sources told CNN Trump behaves in a “near-sadistic” fashion with female leaders; that he talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin as if they’re “two guys in a steam bath”; and that Turkey’s president “took him to the cleaners.”
Trump’s behavior was so unusual and erratic that it convinced several senior administration officials that the president was “delusional,” according to the report.
In some cases, the report said, Trump’s actions led White House officials to conclude that the president himself posed a national security threat.
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Turns-of-phrase like “baked in the cake” and “shocking, but unsurprising” have become cliché in the Trump era, but a Monday CNN report presented a comprehensive overview of President Donald Trump’s conduct on the world stage, particularly as it relates to his conversations with foreign leaders.
CNN’s Carl Bernstein spoke to multiple sources over a four-month period, all of whom were anonymously cited in the story but who largely confirmed details that have been previously reported by other outlets and testified to in public hearings.
Overall, these sources painted a scathing portrait of a US president who bullies and belittles allies while fawning over autocratic leaders. The White House did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.
One person familiar with Trump’s conversations with leaders from Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia, and western Europe described the calls to CNN as “abominations.”
A source told the outlet that Trump subjected French President Emmanuel Macron to lectures and verbal “whippings” on issues like trade, immigration, and NATO.
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