With Greece anxious which way the United States would go if a conflict broke out with Turkey, US President Donald Trump has apparently shown his bent toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had a direct line to the US leader. But accountability will lead to more transparency than we've had in the past on an urgent matter that continues to confuse even some of Trump's allies: why is Trump still praising Putin despite constant provocations?
Responding to the Bernstein report of the abusive phone calls, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews said, "President Trump is a world class negotiator who has consistently furthered America's interests on the world stage".
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". Unnamed officials said Trump was deluded, and that he was more interested in matters that could improve his personal position rather than the security of the U.S.
Just before Trump's political job, his son Eric continuously bragged about staying in a position to bypass American banking companies - a lot of of which refused to do enterprise with the Trump group - because the business could get all the revenue it necessary from Russian Federation.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan would also allegedly be fast-tracked through to Mr Trump.
The calls with Mrs Merkel were so "problematic" German officials reportedly kept the contents in "a small circle".
"He's toughest [on the phone] with those he looks at as weaklings, and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with".
Trump's calls with world leaders, including Trudeau, are so bad that his advisers consider him a security risk: CNN
Bernstein, in a report based on interviews with multiple sources over a four-month period, said Trump bullied and belittled allies while fawning over autocratic leaders. While the insults were "water off a duck's back" for Merkel, May became "flustered and nervous" on the calls.
But the report said Trump believed that he could "either charm, jawbone or bully nearly any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest".
"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".
In the calls with leaders that included Trudeau, Trump reflexively aired a grievance with the nation in question, regardless of the call's objective.
"Everything was always personalized, with everybody doing bad things to rip us off - which meant ripping "me" - Trump - off", one USA official is quoted as saying.
Bernstein reported that on calls with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, the USA president "boasted" about his own personal wealth, while conversations with the Russian president sounded like "two guys in a steam bath".
"With nearly every problem, all it takes (in his phone calls) is someone asking him to do something as President on behalf of the United States and he doesn't see it that way; he goes to being ripped off; he's not interested in cooperative issues or working on them together; instead he's deflecting things or pushing real issues off into a corner".
Bolton, conversely, claimed Boris Johnson, whom Trump sees as a natural ally, played the president "like a fiddle".