Sources said Trump "incessantly boasted" to some heads of state about his "wealth, genius, "great" accomplishments as President, and the "idiocy" of his Oval Office predecessors", but in calls with the leaders of US allies he typically established a grievance "almost as a default or leitmotif". At various turns, the calls saw him unprepared or, worse, outfoxed by the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan of Turkey. To other global leaders, including key USA allies, he was allegedly flat-out abusive. Unnamed officials said Trump was deluded, that his phone skills didn't get better as his presidential term progressed, and that he was more interested in matters that could improve his own position rather than the security of the U.S. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has denied President Donald Trump had any knowledge of a bounty.
His conversations with former British Prime Minister Theresa May were described as "humiliating and bullying".
The report claimed he told May that she was weak and lacked courage; and told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid". "He's toughest (in the phone calls) with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with".
However, a source said Merkel took Trump's malice "like water off a duck's back" and would simply respond "with recitations of fact".
"He clearly intimidated her and meant to", the source told Bernstein.
"Trump regularly bullied and disparaged other leaders of the western alliance during his phone conversations - including French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - in the same hostile and aggressive way he discussed the coronavirus with some of America's governors", the report reads.
As we may recall, Trump started his presidency with several contentious call with allies (such as Australia's Prime Minister) and, of course, a phone call with the President of Ukraine led to his impeachment.
In the calls with leaders that included Trudeau, Trump reflexively aired a grievance with the nation in question, regardless of the call's objective. "He couldn't - or wouldn't - see or focus on the larger picture".
To others such as North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un and Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia - who was suspected by the Central Intelligence Agency of ordering the murder in Turkey of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi - Trump is said to have bragged about his own wealth. (I could make a list of links to stories about problematic phone calls, but do not have the time to do so).
"President Trump is a world class negotiator who has consistently furthered America's interests on the world stage. From negotiating the phase one China deal and the USMCA to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies contributing more and defeating ISIS, President Trump has shown his ability to advance America's strategic interests".