Washington Phone calls from the US President keep causing a stir. Now CNN reports that Trump called the Chancellor “stupid” in a phone call. It would also be under the influence of Russia. Merkel is said to have reacted calmly.
A telephone call with the Ukrainian President Selenskyj triggered impeachment proceedings against US President Trump. Now the US broadcaster CNN wants to know that Trump also behaves unusual on the phone towards other heads of state and government.
Trump’s “most malicious attack” was aimed at Chancellor Angela Merkel and then British Prime Minister Theresa May, the station reported on Tuesday, citing two of several unnamed security officials and White House sources.
Trump is said to have described Merkel on the phone as “stupid” and accused “of being under the influence of the Russians,” CNN quoted a source. Merkel was left outward and countered Trump’s facts. A German government official described the calls to CNN as “unusual” and “problematic”, which is why Berlin took special measures to ensure that their contents remained secret. A German government spokesman did not want to comment on the CNN report.
CNN claims to have found out over the phone calls to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin that Trump had rarely prepared for the talks. He had tried to make an impression on Putin.
“President Trump is a world-class negotiator who has consistently promoted America’s interests on the world stage,” White House Deputy Spokeswoman Sarah Matthews said on request. She claimed that Trump had negotiated trade deals with China, Mexico, and Canada. She did not respond to Trump’s alleged failures against Merkel.
Trump is repeatedly described by critics, including former government officials, as self-centered and erratic. Most recently, his former security advisor, John Bolton, caused a stir with a disclosure book in which he accused Trump of having his foreign policy often based on gut instinct and ignorance.
Trump had asked Ukrainian President Selenskyj on the phone in July 2019 to investigate what could potentially harm his political rival Joe Biden from the Democrats. The Ukraine affair was at the center of impeachment proceedings against Trump, which ended in acquittal.