National security advisor Michael Flynn and other White House staff were berated by Donald Trump after he was not informed that Vladimir Putin had tried to reach him. The incident occurred during Trump’s meeting with the UK Prime Minister, his White House meeting with a foreign leader.
The incident was revealed in a new book called Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos. National security reporter Peter Bergen recounts the details of the conversation between Donald Trump and the White House staff.
The meeting occurred during his January 27, 2017 meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, just weeks after he was elected. While having lunch, Theresa May asked President Trump if he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump replied, “No, I haven’t.”
Michael Flynn leaned close to Trump and responded, “Sir, we’re arranging that call right now. President Putin called several days ago, but we haven’t been able to get it on your calendar yet.”
The now upset Trump responded, “Are you kidding me? Vladimir Putin tried to call me, and you didn’t put him through.”
Flynn responded, “Well, sir, you know, you have a lot of calls coming in, and we’re trying to manage who you talk to.”
Trump later told his senior staff, “What kind of bull—- is this? How is it possible that Putin calls me and you don’t put the call through? I don’t know what you guys are doing.”
It seems that Trump has also said that Putin is “the only man on Earth who can destroy us” as he questioned his staff further.
The next day, Trump had a phone call with the Russian President and spent one hour talking about topics such as Syria and fights against the Islamic State.
Most recently, Trump spoke with Putin this past Sunday, where Putin thanked the US for notifying Russia about a potential terrorist attack against St. Petersberg. The relationship between Trump and Putin has been heavily criticized. This is due to the previous investigations regarding the potential Russian involvement in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, and the Trump Administration not publicly opening about details regarding Putin and Trump’s interactions.
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Source: Business Insider