Trump’s ‘vicious bullying of Theresa May was near sadistic’

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Trump’s ‘vicious bullying of Theresa May was near sadistic’

He reserved his venom for female leaders, while chats with Putin were like ‘two guys in a steam bath’, insiders reveal

Josie Ensor

Donald Trump regularly “bullied and humiliated” Theresa May in phone calls, calling her a “fool” and “spineless” on Brexit, according to officials privy to the conversations.

The US president reportedly attacked the then UK prime minister for her stance on the EU, Nato, immigration and other issues the pair disagreed on. The details of the conversations have been published by Carl Bernstein, one of two reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, quoting White House and intelligence officials who are aware of the contents of Trump’s calls with world leaders.

“He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call,” Bernstein wrote for CNN, quoting an official who described the verbal assaults as “near-sadistic”...

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