Carl Bernstein exclusive: Trump's (classified) phone calls alarm United States officials, "often delusional"

Donald Trump reportedly abused Scott Morrison in ‘sadistic’ phone calls

Italy, France, Germany and Spain welcome most Americans, according to European Union data. But right up until the two-way stream between the Previous and New Worlds is restored, the murmur of admiring visitors in Europe's cathedrals and museums will be lacking that specified je ne sais quoi of the overheard American twang.

A report published this morning by legendary "Watergate" journalist Carl Bernstein said Mr Trump had labelled Mrs May a "fool" during conversations and had attacked her handling of Brexit negotiations.

Between the revelations: Erdogan's timing for phone calls was so fantastic that some staffers puzzled if he had entry to Trump's personalized routine. And Trump's discussion of Merkel was "so unusual" that special measures had to be taken in Berlin to ensure that the specific contents of the calls remained secret, according to a German official. No wonder staff gritted their teeth when the President's fingers went to the telephone.

For an intelligence service that should work in the shadows, Russia's GRU seems to attract many headlines. GRU - officially known as the Main Directorate of General Staff - has been a long time accused by the West orchestrating insolent and illustrious attacks, including hacking of Democratic Party e-mail accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and 2018 nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, England.

The reports of Trump's differential treatment of world leaders comes amid allegations that he sat on intel claiming Russian Federation was offering a bounty to the Taliban to kill United States soldiers in Afghanistan-having known about it months before the New York Times reported the details. But surprisingly, the alleged procedure could likely conflict with Russia's have mentioned objective to carry warring parties to the desk in Afghanistan.

Russian Federation has cultivated contacts with the Taliban and other warring functions in Afghanistan as a way to impact outcomes in a area it considers its strategic backyard. "It has always been known that there have been Russian contacts with the Taliban and at least a little cover-up of relations with advantages as protection techniques", says Laurel Miller, program director for Asia with the International Crisis Group.

On the other hand, she added, an operation to put bounties on U.S. troops would be much a lot more provocative and a "various factor" from its regular behavior. "It contradicts what Russian official policy is", he said. To other global leaders, including key US allies, he was reportedly flat-out abusive.


Nevertheless the agency has a status for brazenness - and has operated seemingly opportunistically or independently of formal plan before. Andrew Weiss, vice president of work at the Carnegie International Peace FoundationPoints out that GRU continues operations that aggressively lead to diplomatic fallout.

"Erdogan took him to the cleaners", said one of the sources". And it sends a message to GRU enemies.

"That was a pattern that we have seen many times in Ukraine", Weiss said, referring to Russian intelligence activities there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper, Democratic House President Nancy Pelosi replied: "If they had such intelligence, they should inform the president".

The report suggests senior national security and White House officials were left shocked by Trump's behaviour, with descriptions of him ranging from "delusional" to "near-sadistic".

A source trashed the calls, saying that while Mr Putin destabilises the West, Mr Trump 'sits there and thinks he can build himself up enough as a businessman and tough guy that Putin will respect him'.

Trump is not the only United States leader to build a wall. "We have lived through hell in this point out to get to wherever we are", he stated, referring to New Jersey's struggle with Covid-19. "Obviously, I never thought I would say these words, but I would do if I could build a wall around our environment or region".

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