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The Many Things In My Toy Box ….my view may change due to verifiable evidence

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/

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. 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.”
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, according to the sources.
In his conversations with both Putin and Erdogan, 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. “They didn’t know BS,” he said of Bush and Obama — one of several derisive tropes the sources said he favored when discussing his predecessors with the Turkish and Russian leaders.
There is more information at the link above.  I suspected he would act this way.  What a world, Merkel is high educated with a Phd, and tRump is a loser.   There is a lot of information in the post and shows that tRump is a danger to our national security and the economic recovery of the county.  Here is another example.   Hugs
In his phone exchanges with Putin, the sources reported, the President talked mostly about himself, frequently in over-the-top, self-aggrandizing terms: touting his “unprecedented” success in building the US economy; asserting in derisive language how much smarter and “stronger” he is than “the imbeciles” and “weaklings” who came before him in the presidency (especially Obama); reveling in his experience running the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow, and obsequiously courting Putin’s admiration and approval. Putin “just outplays” him, said a high-level administration official — comparing the Russian leader to a chess grandmaster and Trump to an occasional player of checkers. While Putin “destabilizes the West,” said this source, the President of the United States “sits there and thinks he can build himself up enough as a businessman and tough guy that Putin will respect him.” (At times, the Putin-Trump conversations sounded like “two guys in a steam bath,” a source added.)

4 thoughts on “From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials

  1. Nan says:

    This is one hot news story!

    As we all know, his actions are simply and totally inexcusable. But hey … we’re dealing with Donald J. Trump, here. The pure and unadulterated example of honesty and sincerity. Right? Right????

    Actually, I find his answer that he knew nothing about it bordering on truth. Why? Because several sources have said he never listens to or pays attention to the briefings. But beyond that, as we all know, Putin. Can. Do. No. Wrong.

    I’d like to say this may be the final straw … but I’m sure that in his supporters’ eyes,it’s all an attempt by the LIBERALS to ruin his impeccable reputation for honesty and his true and honest and undying desire to MAGA.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Nan. Can you imagine how it must be to be a leader of a developed country, one of the advanced nations, and be treated to a tRump rant and insults to you on the phone? No wonder our reputation is shot over seas, no wonder those leaders were caught laughing at tRump, no wonder they laughed at Ivanka trying to push her way into a conversation of leaders of countries she really had no business even listening to. I am so embarrassed to be a US citizen these days. Who would have thought the country with the largest military on earth, denying the people needed services just to keep pushing more money to the bloated military would be such a push over. Hugs

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      1. Nan says:

        I really don’t think the U.S. reputation is totally shot because many friendly foreign leaders have covertly criticized Trump, recognizing him for the ignorant bully he is. But one thing’s for sure … he’s made a MESS of foreign relations overall.

        I just posted a link on my blog to a (very) long CNN article related to all this. Some of your quotes may be from the same article.

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        1. Scottie says:

          Hello Nan. They are. I left a thought on your blog. Hugs

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