Your evening longread: Carl Bernstein on what he’s learned about Trump’s phone calls

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Bernstein and Trump

Carl Bernstein has written a fascinating piece about Donald Trump, based on information he received about Trump’s highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state. 

(CNN, approx 18 mins reading time)

The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned

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