Donald Trump regularly “bullied and humiliated” Theresa May on the phone, saying she was “spineless” on Brexit, one of the journalists who broke the Watergate scandal has claimed.
The US president attacked the then British prime minister as “a fool” for her pro-Remain stance on the European Union, ties with Nato and other issues the pair disagreed on, Carl Bernstein reported for CNN.
“He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call,” wrote Mr Bernstein, quoting a source who described the verbal assaults as “near-sadistic”. “It’s the same interaction in every setting with just no filter applied,” the source said.
Mr Trump’s relationship with Mrs May was notoriously fraught, with both taking very different approaches to issues which once bonded the two countries.
Observers described the special relationship during the period Mrs May served as premier as arguably at its lowest point since the Suez Crisis of 1956.