President Donald Trump’s phone conversations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel were “so unusual” that German officials were prompted to keep them under wraps, CNN reported Monday.
- Sources told CNN that Trump disparaged Merkel in a “very aggressive” manner, calling her “stupid,” and accusing her of “being in the pocket of the Russians.”
- “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,” a source told CNN.
- Though extraordinary measures were taken in response to Trump’s conversations with Merkel, the German chancellor took the US president’s comments “like water off a duck’s back,” a source told CNN.
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German officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump’s “very aggressive” conversations with Chancellor Angela Merkel that they kept their calls secret, sources told CNN .
In calls with the German chancellor, Trump reportedly bullied and disparaged Merkel in a “near-sadistic” fashion, according to the CNN report by Carl Bernstein, a longtime journalist known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.
“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. “… 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.”