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.
CNN's Carl Bernstein unveiled a reportedly damning indictment of President Donald Trump's calls with foreign leaders during his first term, citing administration officials as being alarmed that Trump's lack of preparation and naive belief in his own negotiation skills represented a "danger to national security", and was often "delusional".
Written by veteran journalist Carl Bernstein, the report claims Erdogan called "at least twice a week and was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump".
The calls, for which Trump was "consistently unprepared", caused some of his former top officials, 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", sources told Bernstein.
"In Theresa May's case", Bernstein told Acosta, "she was very flustered, she was agitated, she was really very hard for her to handle the call, and in fact, the intimidation that was put forth in the call by Trump was intended".
"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".
For the more seasoned Merkel, Trump's barbs were "water off a duck's back" and she would come back at him with facts and hard evidence to back her view on matters such as cooperation between Germany and the U.S.
"Some of the things he said to Angela Merkel are just unbelievable: he called her 'stupid, ' and accused her of being in the pocket of the Russians", the sources told CNN.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The U.K.'s May, CNN reports, would be "flustered and nervous" when she talked with Trump between 2016 and 2019.
"He clearly intimidated her and meant to", the source told Bernstein.
A German official confirmed to CNN that he behaved the same way in person towards female leaders. "[T] he Chancellor indeed stayed calm, and that's what she does on the phone, '" the official said.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister told news.com.au he had never been bullied or abused by the US President in their phone calls. In particular, Trump's repeated deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin became a continued source of worry.
United States president Donald Trump reportedly bullied world leaders - including Prime Minister Scott Morrison - during "sadistic" phone calls.
Trump took the most calls from Turkey's Erdogan, CNN reports, at times taking two calls a week to a direct line. "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".