President Donald Trump was so unprepared for his telephone conversations with foreign leaders, “outplayed” in his talks with leaders like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan, and dismissive with leaders of key United States allies that senior U.S. officials, including several who served directly with him, say he’s often posed dangers to the security of the United States during his presidency, Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein reports in a new expose with CNN.
The sources’ identities, and their job titles, were not revealed to protect their anonymity, reports CNN, but they revealed in interviews by CNN over a four-month period extending into June that more than a dozen officials had either listened to Trump’s phone calls in real-time or had been provided both rough-text printouts or detailed summaries of the conversations.
They cited some instances in which Trump did act responsibly and in the national interest, reports Bernstein. One source said the calls were often “abominations” that were so dangerous to national security interests that, if released, would mean that even many senior Republicans would not remain confident in Trump.
But in most cases, the calls caused former Trump deputies, including former national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton,