President Donald Trump's private calls to Russian President Vladimir Putin sometimes have the tone of "two men in a steam room," according to a bomb report depicting Trump as leaning back to gain the strong man's approval .
According to a CNN report released on Monday by legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, Putin surpasses Trump during his one-on-one interactions. During these and other calls to foreign leaders, Trump regularly tries to announce his own wealth and success, the report says.
At the same time, with Putin, he routinely characterizes his predecessors as "idiots" and weaklings.
According to a new report by Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, President Donald Trump described his predecessors as "idiots" and weaklings in private talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
The revelations about the calls are in a deeply-rooted, albeit thinly quoted, report by legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
Trump won the office in 2016 despite media criticism of his repeated praise for Putin, despite the fact that Russia was exposed by the US secret service as an orchestration of an election campaign and a hacking campaign.
They are part of a network of Trump calls during his presidency that officials who see call logs call "abominations."
Trump not only repeatedly built up his own fortune, as he has repeatedly done in public, but also indulged in his time leading the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
Trump had touted a meeting with Putin at the event, although it obviously had never happened. Sourcing dismissed the calls and said while Putin destabilized the West, Trump "sits there thinking he can build himself up as a businessman and tough guy enough that Putin will respect him."
Trump has regularly defended his desire to build close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is subject to U.S. sanctions
A source named Trump calls "abominations".
Trump is said to have told German Angela Merkel about it
Trump had regular calls to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
A source said there was "just no filter" during Trump's talks with former British Prime Minister Theresa May
Calls to May and Merkel were "almost sadistic" according to a story source
Australian Prime Minister Scott was regularly "bullied" and belittled during talks with Trump, the report said
The report appeared on Monday days after the New York Times reported that Trump had been informed by intelligence agencies that Moscow had paid Taliban elements a bounty for killing American soldiers. The White House denied on Monday that Trump had been informed of the reported program.
Trump has been described in the calls as worried about Putin. Putin is known as a clever former KGB operator who often holds back on television encounters with colleagues.
Two sources said Trump was "delusional" in his calls as a foreign leader, which included frequent contact with Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan.
Trump would follow up on his U.S. predecessors in talks with Erdogan and Putin, who both used political power to suppress dissent. "They didn't know BS," Trump said of the archenemy Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
His demands included frequent mocking comments directly to prominent national leaders – including Chancellor Angela Merkel, who topped the Forbes list of the world's most powerful woman.
"Some of the things he said to Angela Merkel are just unbelievable: he called her" stupid "and accused her of being in the Russians pocket," according to a source.
Calls to May and Merkel were "almost sadistic" according to a story source.
Trump has repeatedly followed Merkel publicly through a planned Nord Stream pipeline to pump gas from Russia to Germany. Trump beat up Germany for failing to meet a 2 percent NATO commitment to defense spending, which Trump calls "fees."
The calls to Merkel were considered so unusual that German officials kept them in a close group. "It's just a small group of people who are involved, and the reason, the main reason, is that they're actually problematic," a source told Bernstein.
Former chief of staff John Kelly described the calls in private calls as harmful to national security, according to the report.
Trump's talks with former British Prime Minister Theresa May have been described as "humiliating and bullying".
In the meantime, Australian Prime Minister Scott has been regularly "bullied" and belittled, according to the report, in talks with Trump.
According to sources, there are records of calls from professional notetakers and voice-generated computer text.
Detailed records of Trump's call to the President of Ukraine became a key feature of his impeachment. Trump said the call was "perfect," but the Democrats beat him up because he was trying to pressure a government to investigate his political rival.