WASHINGTON, February 2, 2017—Some of Donald Trump’s first telephone calls with foreign heads of state are apparently taking disastrous turns, according to several leaks coming from inside the White House.
It appears that recent calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, two of the U.S.’s closest allies, have begun to concern aides to the extent that several are leaking information about the calls to reporters.
According to several sources, Trump spent less than 25 minutes on what was supposed to be an hour-long call with Prime Minister Turnbull on Saturday. According to these reports, most of the call was spent by Trump vehemently complaining about a preexisting refugee agreement between the two countries, bragging about his electoral win and the fact that he had spoken to several other world leaders that day, including Vladimir Putin.
“This was the worst call by far,” Trump allegedly said to the Australian Prime Minister, according to an unnamed senior official briefed on the call.
The day before his call with Turnbull, Trump spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and allegedly threatened to send U.S. troops to Mexico.
“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump allegedly said to Peña Nieto on Friday. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
However, Trump was apparently more congenial with one leader in particular on another phone call on Saturday. Trump and Putin’s long-awaited call ended with both the Kremlin and White House giving the conversation “a positive readout.” The call went so well that—coincidentally—Russia significantly increased its attacks in Ukraine Sunday, the day after the two leaders spoke by phone.
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