Trump Has a Dim View of Women in Power But Not The British Queen

Published July 1st, 2020 - 08:30 GMT
President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II shared a toast during his official visit to the United Kingdom. (DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II shared a toast during his official visit to the United Kingdom. (DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Highlights
President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II spoke amid a report that the president has berated female world leaders in past conversations

President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II spoke on Tuesday, a conversation that took place amid a report that the president held 'demeaning' phone calls with female world leaders.

The report from CNN described how Trump treated the powerful women, calling Theresa May 'weak' and telling Angela Merkel she was 'stupid.' 

But Trump is fond of the queen and has said the two have 'automatic chemistry.'

On Tuesday, the president wished her a happy birthday - the queen was born in April but her official birthday celebration is in June - and the two discussed how the coronavirus has affected their respective countries.  

'Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,' said White House spokesman Judd Deere in a statement.

'The President wished the Queen a happy birthday, marking 94 extraordinary years. The President also expressed his condolences for the British people who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The President and the Queen discussed close cooperation on defeating the virus and reopening global economies. The President and the Queen also reaffirmed that the United States and United Kingdom stand together in our Special Relationship and will emerge from this trying time stronger than ever before,' he added.

Buckingham Palace simply said the queen spoke with the president ahead of the upcoming July 4th holiday.

'Today, The Queen spoke to President Trump by telephone from Windsor Castle ahead of Independence Day in the United States on the 4th July,' the royals' official account tweeted along with a photo of the queen and the president. 

After his 2019 state visit to the United Kingdom, President Trump told Fox News of his time with the queen that 'we had automatic chemistry, you understand that feeling, it’s a good feeling.'

'There are those that say they have never seen the queen have a better time, a more animated time,' he added. 

But Trump didn't have the same warm words for other foreign leaders, particularly female ones, a new report revealed on Monday.  

His private calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin sometimes have the tone of 'two guys in a steam bath,' according to a bombshell report that portrays Trump as bending over backward to win the strongman's approval. 

But, on his calls with women, Trump told Britain's then prime minister Theresa May she was 'weak' and called German leader Angela Merkel 'stupid' to her face in a series of 'demeaning' encounters with female leaders, the CNN report claims. 

The revelations about the calls are contained in a deeply sourced – though thinly quoted – account by legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.

The sources described how former Trump officials including John Bolton, James Mattis, John Kelly and Rex Tillerson became alarmed by Trump's calls and feared that the president was endangering national security. 

The conversations with Putin are part of a web of Trump calls to the leaders of Australia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western European countries during his presidency that officials who see call transcripts describe as 'abominations.'  

Trump would also allegedly boast about his own wealth, intelligence and achievements in office to leaders such as North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman. 

Two sources said Trump seems 'delusional' on his foreign leader calls, which included frequent contact with Turkey's dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who would allegedly be fast-tracked through to Trump when he called the White House.  

White House aides even grew alarmed that Turkish security agents in Washington were following Trump's movements so that Erdogan would know when to call, the report says. On one occasion, he apparently reached Trump on the golf course.  

Trump would go after his U.S. predecessors in the calls with Erdogan and Putin, who have both used political power to crush dissent. 

'They didn't know BS,' Trump said of nemesis Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Trump's calls included frequent derisive comments directly to prominent female national leaders – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has topped the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women.

'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,' according to a source. 

The president's aggressive calls with May and Merkel were 'near-sadistic,' according to a source for the story.  

 

The calls with Merkel were deemed so unusual that German officials listening in Berlin kept their contents within a tight group. 

'It's just a small circle of people who are involved and the reason, the main reason, is that they are indeed problematic,' a source told Bernstein.   

Former chief of staff John Kelly has called the calls damaging to national security in private conversations, according to the report. 

However, Merkel is said to have remained unruffled - replying to Trump's 'bluster' with a calm statement of facts. 

Trump has repeatedly gone after Merkel publicly over a planned Nord Stream pipeline to pump gas from Russia to Germany. 

Trump has also blasted Germany for failing to meet a 2 per cent NATO commitment on defense spending, which Trump calls 'dues.' 

Earlier this month Trump announced that he was ordering a major reduction in U.S. troop strength in Germany, cutting the number of soldiers from around 34,000 to only 25,000. 

Trump's conversations with former British Prime Minister Theresa May were described as 'humiliating and bullying.'

Among other things, the president disparaged the PM over her 'spineless' approach to Brexit - the issue which dominated May's three-year premiership. He also said May was weak and lacked courage.  

May's encounters with Trump would leave her flustered and intimidated, in contrast to the calm Merkel, the report says. 

May was the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his inauguration in 2017, and the famous image of the two leaders holding hands at the White House appeared to signal a close relationship.  

However, Trump became increasingly critical of May and Britain - rebuking her publicly in 2017 after she criticized him for retweeting the far-right group Britain First. 

Shortly before May's resignation last year, Trump attacked her again for ignoring his advice on Brexit and going 'her own foolish way'. May had previously revealed that Trump advised her to sue the European Union. 

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was regularly 'bullied' and disparaged in a hostile and aggressive way during calls with Trump, along with Mr Macron and Mr Trudeau, according to the report. 

Sources said calls with the Australian prime minister, as well as those with the leaders of the UK, France, Germany, Australia and Canada, typically began with Trump establishing a grievance.

'With almost 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,' a US official said. 

A spokesman for Morrison denied the claims, saying: 'The Prime Minister has only ever had polite, respectful and positive calls with the President'. 

Morrison was recently among the few world leaders to voice sympathy with Trump over his criticisms of the World Health Organization, although he stopped short of pulling funds from the WHO as Trump has done.   

Sources said there are records of the calls taken by professional notetakers, along with voice-generated computer texts.

Detailed notes of Trump's call with the president of Ukraine became a prime feature of his impeachment. 

Trump said the call was 'perfect,' but Democrats blasted him for trying to pressure a government to investigate his political rival.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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