President Trump has done more than his fair share of bizarre things since before he was even elected. He tweets extreme absurdities on almost a daily basis. Most recently, while meeting with Japanese officials on his trip to Asia, he told them he didn’t even realize that there were so many countries until he became president.
Meeting with foreign leaders doesn’t seem to be a strong point for him, although it is questionable if he has any strong points whatsoever. After all, he did tell Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto:
‘You have a bunch of bad hombres down there.
‘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.’
Now, a new book by Gaspard Gantzer reveals the conversation Trump had in his first phone call with French President Francois Hollande.
In the book, the title of which, translated in English, is “Politics Is A Fighting Sport,” talks about Trump’s first phone call to French President Hollande. Trump gloated to him about what an important president he was, and then began rattling off a list of things he liked about France. Then, Trump said:
‘I like France, I like the French people, I like your country, I like Paris, I like your wine…’
Apparently, the French president attempted to steer the conversation back in another direction, but all he heard was Trump frequently punctuating his words with “yeeeaaaaahhhhhh,” and he told Hollande he could have anything “he wanted.” This wasn’t the most ridiculous part of the conversation. Next, he said:
‘You know my country. You know lots of tremendous Americans, and you’re one of the greatest leaders in the world. So let me ask you a question. Will you help me choose people for my new team? I need recommendations.’
Gantzer wrote about how obvious it was that Trump was just mocking them, so Hollande finally hung up realizing that the President of The United States just doesn’t care.
There were some hilarious comments on Twitter:
According to POLITICO, a state department official said:
‘It was a difficult conversation, because he talks like he’s speaking publicly. It’s not the usual way heads of state speak to each other. He speaks with slogans, and the conversation was not completely organized.’
POLITICO also wrote that, according to an official, Trump used the Jan. 28 call to vent about how the United States is being taken advantage of by China and international bodies like NATO. POLITICO reported about how weird the conversation became:
‘At one point, Trump declared that the French can continue protecting NATO, but that the U.S. “wants our money back,” the official said, adding that Trump seemed to be “obsessing over money.”’
Trump also found the need to defend his antics at the National Prayer Breakfast, saying:
‘When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having, don’t worry about it. Just don’t worry about it.’
It’s kind of hard not to worry about how the president of the United States does business with other countries, considering there is a lot at stake in Asia right now.
Watch this clip about Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders.
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