In hundreds of classified calls with heads of state, Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, and so abusive to allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials that Trump posed a danger to US national security.
New, alarming reporting by CNN's : Trump's handling of highly classified calls with foreign heads of state helped convince some senior US officials "that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States."
“The calls caused former top Trump deputies ... to conclude that the President was often ‘delusional’ ... the calls ‘are so unusual,’ confirmed a German official, that special measures were taken in Berlin to ensure that their contents remained secret”
Carl Bernstein writes that President Trump's calls with foreign leaders convinced top administration officials that "the president himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States."
There is no surprise in this-- but it is genuinely unpatriotic of the advisors in question not to have said this out loud, clearly, on camera, in their own voice, a) when they departed the administration, b) during the impeachment, c) even to this day.
The consequences of attacking the Ukraine whistleblower: concerned officials go to the media instead of proper channels. When you take away the proper route through vindictive retribution, you cannot then complain about leaks.
Senior US officials believed Pres. Trump posed a danger to national security with his freewheeling classified phone calls to other heads of state, attempts to charm leaders like Russia's Vladimir Putin and calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel "stupid."
Senior US officials say hundreds of phone calls between President Trump and foreign leaders revealed him to be a danger to national security
Senior U.S. officials—including Trump's former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff—concluded that Trump himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States.
This must read ⁦⁩ piece is so sad for our country. “Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed...caused former top Trump deputies...to conclude that the President was often "delusional”
Read this again: "the President naively elevated Russia -- a second-rate totalitarian state with less than 4% of the world's GDP -- and its authoritarian leader almost to parity with the United States." The harm that has been done is incalculable
You read stories like this and can only imagine how much shredding there will be before Trump leaves the White House.
In highly classified calls with foreign heads of state, President Trump was so consistently unprepared, so often outplayed with leaders like Putin, and so abusive to America’s top allies, some senior US officials believed him a danger to national security
Long and detailed account via Carl Bernstein about Trump's calls with foreign leaders. He brags, he berates, he demonstrates little knowledge. In other words, he's the same in private as in publc -->
Senior Administration officials reportedly believe that he “posed a danger to the national security of the United States” and is “often delusional.” Then why the hell aren’t they going public and testifying before Congress? History will judge them.
This reporting is petrifying.
I know I've already posted this article, but I urge you to read it to appreciate the threat Trump poses to national security. We knew he was this bad at his job, but it's really something to see it spelled out. In the end, it's Helsinkis all the way down.
In hundreds classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, Trump was so consistently unprepared and so often outplayed that the calls helped convince some senior officials that Trump himself posed a danger to national security. Per
From Carl Bernstein: officials around Trump report that he was unprepared and "delusional "in phone calls with foreign leaders. He pandered to strongmen, but was especially abusive toward female counterparts.
"In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues... that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States."
H.R. McMaster, John Bolton, James Mattis, Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials -- concluded that the President was often "delusional," as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders.
Big story here about how multiple top US security officials were convinced that Trump posed a danger to national security but kept quiet about it because they are cowards.
Among the most enraging parts: He regularly bullied & demeaned the leaders of America's principal allies, especially 2 women: telling PM Theresa May of the UK she was weak & lacked courage; & telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was ‘stupid.’”
EVERYONE needs to read this article by Carl Bernstein. Holy fuck.
After covering an impeachment based largely on a Trump foreign leader call, I didn’t think I could be surprised by further reporting about such calls. This effort from Carl Bernstein at CNN is stunning and a true must-read.
This story infuriates me. Senior officials were alarmed and believed Trump is a threat to national security yet they stayed silent. I truly don't understand the past 4 years and why everyone is paralyzed while Trump is destroying our democracy, allies, etc
In highly classified calls with foreign heads of state, President Trump was so consistently unprepared, so often outplayed with leaders like Putin, and so abusive to America’s top allies, some senior US officials believed him a danger to national security
In calls with foreign leaders, “There was no sense...of the United States as an historic force with certain democratic principles and leadership of the free world...The opposite. It was like the United States had disappeared. It was always 'Just me'."
The details laid out in Carl Bernstein’s piece are much worse than I expected. Everyone should be deeply disturbed by Trump’s insane behavior with other head’s of state.
In highly classified calls with foreign heads of state, President Trump was so consistently unprepared, so often outplayed with leaders like Putin, and so abusive to America’s top allies, some senior US officials believed him a danger to national security
➡️ “Putin ‘just outplays’ him, said a high-level administration official -- comparing the Russian leader to a chess grandmaster and Trump to an occasional player of checkers.”
One source said the calls between President Trump and Vladimir Putin were like "two guys in a steam bath."
Holy shit, this Carl Bernstein article is just scary af.
"Meanwhile, the President regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America's principal allies ... telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was 'stupid.'" That would be the same Angela Merkel who earned a doctorate in chemistry.
Carl Bernstein: Some senior US officials -- including [Trump’s] former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- were convinced that the president himself posed a danger to national security.
In highly classified calls with foreign heads of state, President Trump was so consistently unprepared, so often outplayed with leaders like Putin, and so abusive to America’s top allies, some senior US officials believed him a danger to national security
In highly classified calls with foreign heads of state, President Trump was so consistently unprepared, so often outplayed with leaders like Putin, and so abusive to America’s top allies, some senior US officials believed him a danger to national security
There’s so much in this Carl Bernstein piece on Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders that it may simultaneously give ⁦⁩ a stroke, and drain NatSec twitter’s emergency bourbon reserves dry.
Senior US officials believed Pres. Trump posed a danger to national security with his freewheeling classified phone calls to other heads of state, attempts to charm leaders like Russia's Vladimir Putin and calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel "stupid."
“The President bullied and demeaned leaders of America's principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid."
Greatest threat to national security? Donald J. Trump
Trump's phone calls alarm US officials, from pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers - everyone should read Carl Bernstein’s extraordinary reporting. Personally. I am outraged - and sad for America
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials
This article encapsulates the fundamental problem of educating the public about Trump's maliciousness and incompetence. The people who will actually read this article already know Trump is the worst. The problem is the people who won't read it.
I am so ashamed that my country is ruled by this monster. To think that a US president demeaned his predecessors to foreign DICTATORS & called the female leader of our ally, Germany, "STUPID" sickens me. Merkel has a doctorate in quantum chemistry.
It’s even worse than we imagined...
“In conversations with both May and Merkel, the President demeaned and denigrated them in diatribes described as "near-sadistic" by one of the sources and confirmed by others.” Carl Bernstein 🤔cc ⁦⁩ ⁦
White House & intel officials familiar with the voice-generated transcriptions & underlying documents agreed that their contents could be devastating to Trump’s standing with members of the Congress of both parties & the public if revealed in great detail.
You don't just write "All the President's Men" and unlearn those skills: Here's Carl Bernstein unleashing what I think is the most damning, methodical picture of the Trump self-aggrandizing phone call to date. Brace for an epic cringe.
This piece about Trump's phone calls with foreign heads of state is a great read filled with remarkable, shocking details. Also a good reminder that firing the US Attny for SDNY bc he wouldn't let Erdogan's friend off the hook is an impeachable offense
“By far the greatest # of Trump's telephone discussions with an individual head of state were with Erdogan, who sometimes phoned the White House at least twice a week & was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump” sources say
Blood in the water? People beginning to speak out
US officials express concerns about Trump's abusive phone calls to principal allies - including Theresa May, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau and Scott Morrison #diplomacy
An incredible story by Carl Bernstein on the way Trump has spoken to other world leaders, especially women
From what we’ve always known about Trump, none of this comes as a surprise. And yet to read the intimate detail of his utter unfitness for office is nothing short of horrifying.
“...the calls (with heads of State) helped convince some senior US officials .... that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States.” - senior US officials to
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials
"The sources did cite some instances in which they said Trump acted responsibly and in the national interest during telephone discussions with some foreign leaders. "
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials - CNNPolitics
and yet these cowardly men continued to enable him and keep the country in the dark
Devastating portrayal of a president as national security menace ...
As so often: many secrets, no mysteries
Trump's calls to foreign leaders helped convince "some senior US officials that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States," according to Carl Bernstein, who has a pretty decent record on White House stories
In conversations with both authoritarian dictators and leaders of democracies Trump makes himself the subject, "almost never the United States and its historic place and leadership in the world"
Putin "just outplays" him, said a high-level administration official -- comparing the Russian leader to a chess grandmaster and Trump to an occasional player of checkers.
After over three years of listening to this damaged buffoon speak on TV, the only thing that would surprise me is if he *didn't* say stupid things, brag about himself, and belittle women when he was on the phone.
Say it under your goddamn names, cowards. You can’t call yourself any sort of patriot if you believe POTUS is a genuine threat to national security, but would rather protect your career than the country.
The big news in CNN's story on Trump's phone calls: "The sources did cite some instances in which they said Trump acted responsibly and in the national interest during telephone discussions with some foreign leaders." Otherwise, each call was a disaster.
This story came and went, just another Monday. We are truly through the looking glass.
It took almost 4 years for them to notice?
PLEASE STAND BY: multiple additions to the #toddlerinchief thread are coming from this story.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1521st tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1517th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
"In his conversations with both Putin and Erdogan, Trump took special delight in trashing former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and suggested that dealing directly with him—Trump—would be far more fruitful than during previous administrations."
"the calls helped convince some senior US officials—including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers & his longest-serving chief of staff—that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the US"
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1518th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1520th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. [This is the 1519th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.]
This is so damning. On calls to foreign heads of state, Trump's officials found him so unprepared & outplayed that they considered him a danger to national security. And he demeaned female ally leaders like Merkel & May, because he's a misogynistic ass.
I’ll believe that Jared Kushner is growing into his role as a White House staffer when he learns to give productive feedback to the president.
Incredible. Attention, republicans, has he made America great yet?
Try this telling sentence: "Almost never, according to CNN's sources, would Trump read the briefing materials prepared for him by the CIA and NSC staff in advance of his calls with heads of state." Reading and preparation are for losers like Obama.
Read just the first two paragraphs of this story and marvel once again at the absolute cowardice of elected representatives like & as this dangerous tool threatens our national security.
In calls, Trump regularly bullied and demeaned leaders of America's principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the UK she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was "stupid."
also, reporters, you can only get away with a 109-word lede sentence if your name is something like Carl Bernstein
A host of anonymous sources have confided to Carl Bernstein that Trump's phone calls are pretty much deforming the fabric of spacetime and causing goats to be born with three heads.
This new piece by ⁦⁩ is terrifying 🆘💯
Shocking, insane, outrageous, frightening article by
Quite an article, imho, especially if factually correct!
When you believe revelations about Trump's insanity can't get any worse, there's this
Unbelievable. The President is even more ignorant, unprepared, and downright embarrassing when he calls foreign leaders than in his ridiculous rallies. And he acts like Putin's biggest fanboy. Read this startling new report from Carl Bernstein
Holy crow. Blockbuster article by Carl Bernstein.
From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials - (and should alarm the entire country)
By far the greatest number of Trump's telephone discussions with an individual head of state were with Erdogan, who sometimes phoned the White House at least twice a week . . .
Carl Bernstein confirms that it is all just as bad as you thought.
"The common, overwhelming dynamic that characterizes Trump's conversations with both authoritarian dictators and leaders of the world's greatest democracies is his consistent assertion of himself as the defining subject and subtext of the calls[.]"
Merkel "stupid," Erdogan his BFF: Ladies & gentleman, your Maniac-in-Chief.
Putin, Erdogan, MBS and their ilk definitely like Trump on his own merits as a human being and not because they understand him as weak, stupid, and so easily rolled that it's almost not even fun for them
It is so incredible that this guy is actually close to winning another election. After all he has done to ruin this country, about 2/5 of all voters would still choose to re-elect him. Unbelievable.
'It was like the United States had disappeared'
Unfit for office, Trump a threat to national security. Wow. Yet more alarming details.
The revelations in this piece ALONE justify impeachment and removal
"The insidious effect of the conversations comes from Trump's tone, his raging outbursts at allies while fawning over authoritarian strongmen, his ignorance of history and lack of preparation as much as it does from the troubling substance"
This is quite the read: Trump's phone calls alarm US officials, from pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers - CNNPolitics
I’m not sure whether his abusiveness to women ally leaders was the worst part of this in terms of national security, if only because women have to sometimes be level-headed in the face of abuse. But I find it most viscerally upsetting.
Still boggling that Trump called Merkel “stupid” in calls. But this story