Trump was “humiliating and bullying” towards former UK prime minister Theresa May, in a series of phone calls, according to a CNN report.
Sources familiar with Trump’s calls with world leaders say he used his most “vicious” attacks on women world leaders like May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump called May a “fool” and lambasted her handling of Brexit and other issues.
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Donald Trump subjected former UK Prime Minister Theresa May to “humiliating and bullying” phone calls in which he called her a “fool,” according to a new report.
A report for CNN by renowned reporter Carl Bernstein, which quotes sources familiar with Trump’s calls with world leaders, says the president was “near-sadistic” when talking to female counterparts, and saved his “most vicious attacks” for leaders like May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump called May a “fool” and was “humiliating and bullying” towards her whilst lambasting her handling of Brexit, immigration, and NATO, Bernstein reports
“He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call,” a source familiar with their phone calls said.
Trump was publicly critical of May’s handling of Brexit during her time as UK prime minister from 2016 to 2019.
In July 2018, he said May’s plans for relatively close trading ties with the European Union would “kill” hopes of a trade deal with the US. May in the same month said Trump had told her to sue the EU, rather than negotiate with the bloc.
John Bolton, who served as Trump’s national security adviser during May’s time in office, in his upcoming memoirs says the UK’s exit from the European Union was “disastrously mishandled” by May’s government.
While Merkel was calm when dealing with Trump, May seemed “flustered and nervous” about the president’s treatment of her, the report suggests.
“He clearly intimidated her and meant to,” one source familiar with the phone calls told Bernstein.
His treatment of May and Merkel stood in stark contrast to his behaviour towards leaders including Putin and Erdogan, the report suggests.
“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,” one source told Bernstein.
May, who resigned as prime minister last year and was succeeded by Boris Johnson, was criticised in the UK for not sufficiently standing up to Trump during her time in office.
In 2017 opposition parties accused of her being weak in her response to Trump temporarily banning people arriving in the US from seven countries with predominantly Muslim populations.
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