Though the specific contents of interactions between foreign leaders are usually kept secret, the details of a series of calls between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump were recently leaked.
Carl Bernstein from CNN reported that during Trump's conversations with Merkel, one of America's most important European allies, he regularly insulted and bullied her for no obvious reason.
"Some of the things [Trump] said to Angela Merkel are just unbelievable: he called her 'stupid,' and accused her of being in the pocket of the Russians. He's toughest with those he looks at as weaklings and weakest with the ones he ought to be tough with."
Sources report that Merkel stayed calm and on topic as Trump went off the rails, though the German government also tried to keep details of the calls under wraps because the President's behavior was "aggressive" and "problematic."
Twitter was livid at the President's blatant misogyny.
Among the most enraging parts: He regularly bullied & demeaned the leaders of America's principal allies, especiall… https://t.co/lnJjU8XDGv— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah) 1593483171.0
@Mimirocah1 To be demeaned by Trump is a badge of honor. The world knows Angela Merkel for the formidable leader sh… https://t.co/A4prJKcc3M— Laura Kennedy (@Laura Kennedy) 1593485274.0
Not only is Trump's behavior offensive, it's also harmful to American interests overseas.
From @CarlBernstein for @CNN, an alarming story that shows that trump is a threat to our national security. Fro… https://t.co/a54Bl9PwCp— Mindy Schwartz DemCast USA - For the People (@Mindy Schwartz DemCast USA - For the People) 1593479604.0
@mindyanns @carlbernstein @CNN Trump was projecting in describing PM Theresa May of the UK as was weak and lacking… https://t.co/2eFMZYz0eQ— Robert Mihaly 🇫🇷 ✍️ 😷 (@Robert Mihaly 🇫🇷 ✍️ 😷) 1593545174.0
New reporting says Trump insulted UK's Theresa May over Brexit and called Germany's Angela Merkel "stupid" in calls… https://t.co/jET4jTH9WG— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1593533673.0
Not only were Trump's alleged insults uncalled for, they were also far from the truth.
@Independent Merkel has a PhD in quantum chemisty and speaks fluent Russian. Trump?— Richard Bentall #FBPE #FBPA Woke and proud! (@Richard Bentall #FBPE #FBPA Woke and proud!) 1593528892.0
@Independent She knows she only has to deal with him for a little longer...imagine the calls he'll be getting after Nov elections— Clyons317 (@Clyons317) 1593531501.0
angela merkel having a phd in quantum chem & having been a political leader for the last two decades & still being… https://t.co/EZZ2zqehFe— yupha wants ranked choiced voting (@yupha wants ranked choiced voting) 1593527402.0
It's hard to believe a President acting this way with a close U.S. ally.
@SkyNews He's got some nerve being the clown that has become president of the United States, he hasn't got a clue h… https://t.co/p2263duOhs— Dave Hill (@Dave Hill) 1593528781.0
@SkyNews Mmm, sounds like sexism. Why am I not surprised?— Benjamin Smith (@Benjamin Smith) 1593527246.0
Trump's pattern of being unusually harsh toward's female world leaders is well documented.
Bernstein also reported that in talks with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, he told her she was a "fool" and "weak."
Angela Merkel has more sense in her pinky than Trump between his ears. #orangeidiot https://t.co/D98TnMkvnJ— RS (@RS) 1593527073.0
trump told Angela Merkel that she's "stupid." Angela Merkel has a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry. trump believes stea… https://t.co/CJcaf8iUqA— #EndTheDrugWar 🇺🇸♿️🏳️🌈 (@#EndTheDrugWar 🇺🇸♿️🏳️🌈) 1593521668.0
German officials were so alarmed by Trump's conversations with Angela Merkel that they took extra steps to make sur… https://t.co/vpR7E3kIoE— Michael Wright (@Michael Wright) 1593521869.0
Who knows which important world leader President Trump will insult next?